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James Richards

About James Richards

James Richards has been with Slater Vecchio since 1999 and became a partner in 2007. James practices in the area of Personal Injury, focusing on cases involving traumatic brain injury (TBI)

Avalanche Warning High
It's the time of year when avalanche risk is at its highest in BC's alpine back country The risk complicated this week's search effort for a Nelson couple who failed to return from a ski trip near the summit of the Kootenay Pass. The climbing avalanche risk temporarily kept rescuers from their search. Fortunately, recent…
More on Child Car Seat Safety
Child car seat safety is once again in the news. As of January 1st, the state of California requires that children use car seats until they are either 8-years-old or 4'9" tall. The previous requirement was 6 years or 60 pounds. In BC, the laws are slightly stricter. Kids over 40lbs must use a booster…
Court Says No to Fishing on Facebook, Twitter
The role of Facebook in BC Courtrooms is once again in the headlines. In Dosangh v. Leblanc and St. Paul’s Hospital, a woman is suing doctors and support staff for damages suffered during open heart surgery. The plaintiff says that preventable complications during the surgery caused a stroke that left her with permanent mental and…
Protect Your Passengers!
Last post, Mike commented on the duty of care owed by drivers to protect their passengers. This duty is a central issue in BC Supreme Court Case Vedan v. Stevens. In this case, the driver of a pickup truck, Mr. Stevens, is leaving a campground to run an errand. He agrees to give four children…
Concussions, Kids & Sport
The issues surrounding head trauma in sport is an increasingly hot topic these days. We recently posted an article on new research suggesting that even mild brain injuries can lead to complications such as dementia and Alzheimer's disease later in life. A few weeks later, Mike Slater commented on the legal action being taken by…
Road tripping this Summer?
The Globe & Mail recently reported a few preventative measures to take before hitting the road this summer. The article suggests that close to 900,000 Canadian motorists will be stranded at the side of the road, many of them with easily avoidable car issues. To avoid a road trip headache, consider the following: (more…)
Cyclists Versus Motorists
Imagine you are riding your bike down the road passing parked cars on your right. A car door suddenly opens in front of you. There is no time to take evasive action. You hit the door and go flying off your bike. You suffer neck and back injuries. Who is at fault? According to section…
The Slip & Fall: Who’s to Blame?
An elderly woman is shopping at a Real Canadian Superstore with her daughter. She turns left to pass a display pallet of dishwasher detergent. She catches her foot on the corner of the pallet and falls. She breaks her hip and faces a long and challenging recovery. Who is to blame? BC Supreme Court Case Etson…
‘Tis the Season for Motorcycle Safety
With Spring upon us, motorcycle enthusiasts are once again taking to the road to enjoy the season's warmer temperatures and drier conditions. Yet despite the surge of motorcyclists in our communities, driving habits of most road users on four-wheels remain the same. We want to remind people that Spring is a time when all drivers…