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May 7, 2012
Toddler Drowning Is Sad Reminder
Spring is here which means summer isn't far behind. This means longer days, warmer weather, and more outside activities. But while kids get a break from school, the recent death of a toddler in North Vancouver reminds us that swimming pools cause accidents in the blink of an eye. The Vancouver Sun reports that the…
May 3, 2012
Concussion Time Bomb in NFL
The NFL concussion lawsuits are back in the news. Another tragic suicide has occurred, this one by ex-player Ray Easterling who died from a self inflicted gunshot wound. Suffering from long term brain injuries, Easterling is best known as a defensive back for the Atlanta Falcons in the 1970s. Easterling's attorney Larry Coben says that…
April 30, 2012
Car Seats Bought in USA Not Legal in Canada
Car seat safety is once again in the news, reminding buyers that US seats are illegal to use in Canada. CTV reports that a happy new grandmother received an unhappy reminder when she was told she couldn't bring her grandchild home in a US-bought seat. Potential cost savings in the US draws a large number…
April 27, 2012
Hosting a Party? You Could be Liable
Hosting an NHL playoff party? A birthday or grad celebration? Did you know that if one of your guests consumes alcohol and causes an accident, you could be held liable for injuries and damages? The Province reports an Alberta couple, Mr. and Mrs. Gray, allowed their teenage son to host a party where they knew…
April 23, 2012
Warm Weather Increases Risk of Injuries
With Spring in the air, it's time to shake the dust from our bikes, rollerblades, and recreational vehicles. But we need to be careful when getting active outside. According to a report by the US Centers for Disease Control, warm weather brings more trauma-related incidents including more concussions. So why the sudden increase? Warm weather…
April 19, 2012
UBC Law School Announces Slater Vecchio Award
We are pleased to announce the Slater Vecchio LLP Trial Advocacy Entrance Award, the first full-tuition award by a personal injury law firm. "Slater Vecchio LLP has demonstrated a great commitment to UBC Law by establishing this wonderful new award" says Professor Emma Cunliffe, Chair of the Awards Committee at UBC Law. "This award will…
April 16, 2012
Car Crashes Spike on Tax Return Deadline
A major U.S. study has found a link between tax deadline day and fatal car accidents. The 30 year study shows that on the April 15th deadline, Americans face a 6% greater risk of dying in a car accident. Dr. Redelmeier, the lead researcher behind the study, says the data suggests that all types of…
April 10, 2012
Grandma Smacks into Wall then Smacks Apple with Lawsuit
The New York Post gives us a personal injury case from Long Island that's a little different. An 83-year-old Grandmother walks into a glass wall at an Apple store and breaks her nose. She sues Apple for $1 million. The glass wall is typical of all Apple stores. The sleek design is supposed to appeal…
April 5, 2012
People are Fragile: Share the Road
It was only two days in Metro Vancouver, but the results were disastrous. A motorist kills an elderly man crossing the street in Abbotsford. A police car injures a pedestrian.  A cyclist dies after being struck by a car in East Vancouver. This year, the City of Vancouver is launching a campaign called People Are…
April 2, 2012
New “High Def” Brain Imaging Helps Concussion Diagnosis and Recovery
Imagine you're Sydney Crosby. Or David Booth. Or Daniel Sedin. You are checked into the boards and your head hits the ice. Dazed, you are carried off the ice. Over the next few days you suffer dizzy spells and headaches. These symptoms lead the team doctor to diagnose a concussion. But the doctor can't tell…