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Category Archives: Slips & Falls

icy sidewalk clearing fault blame
January 17, 2017
Clearing Up Icy Sidewalks
Unusually cold weather causes an equally unusual problem in Metro Vancouver – icy sidewalks. With the risk of people slipping and falling, this also poses some legal questions. Who is responsible for clearing sidewalks? And by when? All of the local municipalities have bylaws covering this. In Vancouver, Richmond, Port Coquitlam, and Maple Ridge sidewalks…
ski safety tips
January 10, 2017
Be Safe on the Slopes
From Whistler to Silverstar and all resorts and slopes in between, BC is a skier’s and snowboarder’s paradise. Unfortunately, all that shreddin’ and swooshin’ can lead to some severe injuries. Every year, over 5000 Canadians are seriously hurt in skiing and snowboarding accidents across the country. So whether you’re riding hard through 7th Heaven or…
pokemon go accidents
July 14, 2016
Stop, Drop, and Pokemon Go?
Pokemon Go is all the rage. The augmented reality game has taken off around the world with people tracking down “Poke Stops” and collecting Pokemon characters on their smartphones. But it has come with some undesired, even dangerous side effects. Combining a video game with a real-world scavenger hunt, the objective is to get out…
how to prevent child falls
June 17, 2015
Open Windows are Killing Children
According to The Province, six BC children fell from unsafe windows and balconies during the past week. Some of the six children are suffering with serious brain trauma and broken limbs according to BC Children’s Hospital. A team of BC doctors and paramedics are teaming up to prevent child falls by raising awareness and issuing…
can you diagnose a head injury
April 24, 2015
Can You Diagnose a Head Injury?
Do you know how to treat head injuries? Would you know what to do if someone slipped and hit their head in front of you? The statistics will surprise you. People Don't Know How to Treat Head Injuries 59% of people don't think they could save a life in an emergency situation. 25% of people…
December 31, 2014
New Year’s Resolutions to Keep
                                Start off the New Year with Resolutions for a safer 2015: I will not use my mobile device while driving: It’s time to put your phone down while driving. No message is more important than someone’s life. I will…
September 4, 2014
Eyes Up, Phones Down!
Walking has become riskier in the last several years.  The primary cause?  Smartphones. With smartphones having similar abilities to computers, many feel the need to use them more often. There is even now a name for the fear of being without a cell phone: nomophobia. Jack Nasar, a professor of city and regional planning at…
December 16, 2013
Avoiding Winter Slips and Falls
Did you know that falls are a leading cause of hospitalization in BC? Vancouver Coastal Health offers winter weather slip and fall prevention advice: Wear appropriate footwear for slippery sidewalks and stairs. Dress warmly. Being cold might cause you to hurry or tense your muscles, both of which can affect your balance. Stay active. Overall…
November 12, 2013
Canada Invests $7.5M in Concussion Research
The Canadian government and a few strategic partners have committed $7.5 million to concussion research. The money will support 19 projects focused on concussion prevention, diagnosis, and treatment. Health Minister Rona Ambrose acknowledges the struggle that brain injury causes many families. "Whether it's a hockey concussion, a senior's fall, or violence in the home, injuries…
October 17, 2013
Orthopaedic Doctors to Help with Mild TBI
New research encourages orthopaedic doctors to play a proactive role in diagnosing and treating mild traumatic brain injury (mTBI) patients. Why? Because orthopaedic injuries and mTBI are often suffered at the same time. Common causes include falls or motor vehicle accidents. The American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons reports than an estimated 50% of patients with…