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Nicole Kelly

Nicole Kelly

About Nicole Kelly

Nicole joined Slater Vecchio in May 2010. She has been involved with personal injury files arising out of motor vehicle accidents, sports and recreation and occupier's liability.

dutch reach
November 1, 2016
The Dutch Reach Can Save Lives
Anyone who has ever biked along a row of parked cars has one serious dread – crashing into an opening car door. Getting ‘doored’ is bad news for both the cyclist and the driver. But one simple change in the driver’s behaviour can dramatically cut the risk of this happening. It’s being called the ‘Dutch…
Open House Safety
May 10, 2016
Is Your Open House a Safe House?
A man trips and falls in a hole on a driveway and seriously injures himself. He sues the homeowner. The homeowner argues that the hole had been there for years and no one had tripped before. The court rules that, even though the likelihood of injury was small, it did not diminish the danger. The…
concussion suicide
February 9, 2016
Concussion Increases Suicide Risk
Adults who suffer "mild" concussion injuries are three times more likely to die by taking their own lives than the rest of the population according to a recent Canadian study. Researchers suggest a better long-term follow-up for concussion patients. The study, published in the Canadian Medical Association Journal, found There was an average delay of…
winter driving vancouver
December 5, 2015
Winter Driving Tips
Winter driving presents challenges for BC drivers including slippery roads, limited visibility, and subzero temperatures. Here are some tips to keep you and your family safe this holiday season. Scrape snow and ice off your vehicle before driving. Frosty windows and snow falling from your roof will limit your visibility. Always remember to clear headlights…
depression concussion
October 13, 2015
Concussion Victim Takes His Own Life
Ryan Donaldson was only 17 when he took his own life after dealing with a series of sports-related concussions. Ryan was a high level hockey player who was drafted by the Kelowna Rockets in the fifth round of the 2011 WHL bantum draft. According to the Langley Times, he was the top player taken in…
Concussion safety Vancouver
May 26, 2015
Concussion Safety through Education
Keeping children and teens healthy and safe is always a top priority, especially when engaging in sports. The serious, cumulative, and long-lasting effects of concussions cannot be overstated. Signs and symptoms of concussion can show up right after the injury or may not appear or be noticed until days or weeks after the injury. If…
February 21, 2015
Winter Tire Laws in BC
In earlier posts we've provided some tips on seasonal car care to ensure safety on the roads in bad weather. But what does the law actually say about winter driving in BC? Signs posted on BC highways require that drivers are either using winter tires, or are carrying chains in the car with them. The law…
September 22, 2014
NFL Brain Damage
After years of denying that football players have suffered brain injury as a direct result of concussions, the NFL has admitted to a frightening statistic. An estimated 28% of NFL players are expected to develop long-term cognitive problems from the brain trauma sustained during their careers. According to the New York Times, a report by…
July 30, 2014
Time For a Hockey Helmet Makeover?
Football has adopted a new standardized system for rating a helmet’s effectiveness in protecting against concussions. It has been credited with helping parents and players make better decisions about what helmets are best at reducing concussion risks. The new standard is a five-point rating scale called the STAR system. It was developed by scientists and…
July 5, 2014
Speed Limits to Increase Across B.C.
The province announced that speed limits on multi-lane highways will increase to as high as 120 km/h. B.C. Transportation Minister Todd Stone made the announcement following results from the Rural Highway Safety and Speed review. This decision will affect over 30 highways including the Sea-to-Sky, Coquihalla, Island Highway, and Connector. Stone also announced that new technology…