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March 29, 2012
Waiver of Liability: is it Worth the Risk?
Nearly a year ago, I blogged about BC Supreme Court case Loychuck v. Cougar Mountain Adventures. Deanna Loychuck and Danielle Westgeest sued Whistler-based Cougar Mountain Adventures for injuries sustained in a ziplining accident. But the Judge found in favour of Cougar Mountain, saying that the waivers signed by Westgeest and Loychuck were a complete defence…
March 22, 2012
Groundbreaking Study to Determine Long-Term Concussion Effects
In January, we took a look at how routine play leads to long-term brain injury. And now thanks to a research grant from the NCAA, we will learn more about the long-term effects of brain injury from a groundbreaking study of concussions and head injuries among athletes. An article by the Digital Journal says the…
March 19, 2012
Concussion Care Mandatory in Schools
Last week, Mike Holroyd commented on the challenges involved when getting a student back into the classroom after suffering a concussion. His post encourages teachers and school professionals to be involved in the student's recovery. A bill was introduced last week in Ontario that would require school boards to institute a brain-injury prevention and management…
March 15, 2012
Concussions in Soccer
Here in BC, we are getting used to hearing about the long term effects of concussions caused in hockey and football. But are we overlooking the head injury risks coming from "non-contact" sports like soccer? The L.A. Times recently shed some light on the dangers of concussions in soccer. The article follows Taylor Twellman, a…
March 12, 2012
Back to School after a Concussion: Know Your ABCs
The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) defines a concussion as a type of traumatic brain injury caused by a bump, blow, or jolt to the head. Although healthcare professionals may describe concussions as "mild" brain injuries, the CDC warns us that the effects can be serious. Young brains may be more susceptible…
March 8, 2012
Homeowners Beware: Are Your Contractors Insured?
Here's a BC law that might surprise you. Let's say you hire a contractor to fix your roof. The contractor slips while on the job and is seriously injured. The contractor is not covered by WorkSafe BC insurance. Who is liable for the contractor's injuries? You. The homeowner. Anyone working on your property for more…
March 5, 2012
Snowmobile Safety
The Vancouver Sun reports that a snowmobiler was fined $4000 for causing a fatal accident with a pedestrian near Winnipeg last January. The driver pleaded guilty to a careless operation charge under Manitoba's Off-Road Vehicles Act. He was travelling 70 km/h in the dark and was unable to brake or avoid the 51-year-old pedestrian. The…
February 29, 2012
Concussion Lawsuits Change NFL
In August, I commented on a lawsuit against the NFL involving 75 former players suing the league for concealing known information about the harmful effects of concussions. There are now 18 concussion-related lawsuits against the NFL involving 658 retired players. Last week, the Chicago Tribune commented on one of the latest developments. Former Chicago Bear…
February 23, 2012
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…
February 17, 2012
The BC Paraplegic Association’s “In the Spotlight”
The BC Paraplegic Association (BCPA) helps people with spinal cord injury and their families adjust, adapt, and thrive in their new lives. They provide answers, information, and unique experiences to those within the community. One of the programs run by the BCPA is the Peer Program. The program provides social connections, educational opportunities, and unique…