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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…
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…