Daniel Corrin to Co-Chair Upcoming TLABC Seminar

Trial Lawyers Association of BC (TLABC) presents:

Persuasion and the Complex Case:
Strategies to Simplify Challenging Medical/Legal Cases

December 7, 2012
Fairmont Waterfront Hotel
Vancouver, BC

Webster & Associates’ Daniel F. Corrin will co-chair the event with Susanne K. Raab, Dr. Andrei Krassioukov and Dr. Rajiv Reebye. Daniel will also be presenting The Foundations of Expert Reports: Writing and Admissibility and will moderate a panel discussion on The Complex Psychiatric Case.


The seminar includes the following sessions:

Sexual and Fertility Consequences of Traumatic Neurological Injury
Dr. Stacy Elliott MD, Sexual Medicine Physician, VGH and GF Strong Rehab Centre Clinical Professor, Depts. of Psychiatry and Urologic Sciences UBC, Vancouver BC

Medico-Legal Issues for Patients with Dual Diagnosis: Spinal Cord Injury and Traumatic Brain Injury
Dr. Andrei Krassioukov MD, PhD FRCPC, Professor, Dep. Of Medicine (Div. Phys. Med. & Rehab) UBC, Vancouver BC

Bowel/Bladder Management After Neurological Injury
Bonnie Venables, Clinical Resource Nurse/Nurse Continence Advisor, GF Strong Rehab Centre, Vancouver BC

The Foundations of Expert Reports: Writing and Admissibility
Daniel Corrin, Webster & Associates, Richmond BC
Susanne K. Raab, Pacific Medical Law, Vancouver BC

View From the Bench: How Medical Experts Can Improve Their Credibility in the Eyes of the Court and Hot Tubbing With Your Experts
The Honourable Judge Heather A. Lamoureux, Provincial Court of Alberta, Calgary AB

Traumatic Brain Injuries & Vestibular Dysfunctions
Dr. Rajiv N. Reebye MD FRCPC, Specialist in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation NMS (Neuromuscular Skeletal) and ABI (Acquired Brain Injury) Programs G.F. Strong Rehabilitation Centre, Vancouver BC
Dr. Nicole Acerra, PhD BScP.T., Physiotherapist, Vancouver General Hospital, Vancouver BC

Panel – The Complex Psychiatric Case: Panel Discussion With Case Presentations
Daniel Corrin (moderator)
Dr. Shaohua Lu, Addiction and Consult Psychiatrist, Clinical Assistant Professor, Department of Psychiatry UBC, Vancouver BC
Dr. Derryck Smith, Clinical Professor, Department of Psychiatry, UBC, Vancouver BC
John Russell MD FRCP(C), Director of Psychiatry WorkSafeBC, North Vancouver BC

Communicating Complex Medical Issues: A Visual Approach
Stephen Mader, Artery Studios Inc, Toronto ON

Strategies and Considerations When Presenting A Pre-Existing Injury Case
Anthony A. Vecchio, Slater Vecchio LLP, Vancouver BC

Effective Cross-Examination of the Medical Expert: What Works and What Doesn’t
The Honourable Mr Justice Christopher E. Hinkson, Court of Appeal of British Columbia, Vancouver BC


Find out more about the event and how to register at: https://www.tlabc.org/index.cfm?pg=upcomingprograms

Download the seminar brochure here (PDF).


Safety Tips to Prevent Brain Injury

With the shorter days, cooler temperatures and wet winter weather comes slick road surfaces, low visibility and dangerous driving conditions. Drivers as well as pedestrians and cyclists need to practice extra caution when out on the roads. With the ski season also on our doorstep, skiers and snowboarders need to remind themselves of the inherent safety risks involved in such winter sports.

We thought we’d take a moment to remind you of some very basic safety tips that can help prevent a traumatic brain injury, because too often we see the result of what happens when safety is compromised.  The information presented below should be familiar to most people. It intended as a reminder to take a common sense approach to living safely and keeping your loved ones safe.

Safety Basics for Drivers:image of car accident

  • Set a safe example for your children by always wearing a safety shoulder and lap seat belt.
  • Use car seats or boosters which are CSA approved and appropriate for the size and age of the child.
  • Always decline alcohol when you know you will be driving
  • Always decline rides from anyone who you know or suspect has been drinking alcohol.
  • Speed does kill. Obey posted speed limits.
  • Watch for pedestrians at all times.
  • Make eye contact with pedestrians to ensure that they have seen you.
  • Drive slowly near pedestrians and give them the right of way.
  • Elderly drivers should be encouraged to reduce the amount that they drive, and should not drive in poor weather or at night. Offer to drive them when possible.

It is difficult to judge ourselves and acknowledge when we are no longer able to drive safely. When it is apparent that an elderly driver should hand in his/her license, consider discussing the matter with the driver and his/her family doctor. It is better to stop driving 5 years too early than a second too late.

For more safe driving tips and regulations visit the Transport Canada website.

Safety Basics for Pedestrians:Walk Sign at Cross Walk

  • Use sidewalks whenever possible.
  • If a sidewalk is not available, walk facing oncoming traffic.
  • Cross only at intersections and crosswalks.
  • Never cross the street between parked cars.
  • Check for traffic by looking left, right and left again before crossing a street.
  • Walk only where you are visible to drivers.
  • Always wear reflective clothing at night.
  • Never assume that drivers can see you or know what you are planning to do.

For pedestrian safety tips and statistics on high risk pedestrian accident areas go to the Vancouver Police Department website.


Safety Basics for Cyclists:image of cyclist

  • Always come to a full stop at stop signs. Not stopping is illegal under BC’s Motor Vehicle Act, and you can be fined $167.
  • Be visible. Wear brightly coloured clothing so drivers can see you and, if possible, avoid cycling at night.
  • Make eye contact with other road users. Never assume that another cyclist, driver, or pedestrian sees you.
  • Take care when cycling past parked cars to leave enough space for drivers and passengers to open car doors.
  • In traffic, cycle safely and predictably. Signal before turning, and learn the skills needed to control your bike.
  • Yield to pedestrians crossing the street, and to buses when they are leaving a stop.
  • Do not ride on sidewalks or crosswalks unless signs posted allow you to. Walk your bicycle on a sidewalk or a crosswalk.
  • Maintain your bike in good working order. Equip it with a warning bell and use front and rear lights on your bicycle after dark, as required by law.
  • Helmets must be worn according to Provincial Law, and safety vests or reflective clothing are recommended.
  • Do not wear headphones that cover both ears.
  • Take extra care when it’s wet because it will take longer for your brakes to grip and stop your bike.
  • Ride defensively. Watch out for cars.
  • Children cyclists:
    • Children should be old enough (age 7 or 8 ) to fully understand how to ride safely before they are taught to ride a bicycle.
    • A child should be able to straddle a bike with both feet on the ground. Be sure that the bike is the proper size.
    • A child’s hands should be sufficiently large strong to use the levers of a hand brake. Until then, children should only use bikes equipped with back pedal, or coaster brakes.
    • A child must always wear a properly fitted helmet when cycling even short distances.
    • The helmet should be worn low over the forehead just above the eyebrows. It should sit flat on the head, centered above the ears. Ensure that the helmet stays firmly in place by tightening the chinstrap and adjusting the padding.
    • Children should never ride all-terrain vehicles (ATVs) or motorcycles, even with a helmet.
    • Children should learn about and obey all traffic signals and signage.
    • Practice what you teach to be a good role model for children – Always wear a protective helmet, and obey the rules of the road.

More safety cycling safety tips and regulations available at the City of Vancouver website.

Safety Basics for Skiers and Snowboarders:
Image of snowboarder doing a jump

  • Get fit. You will have more control and enjoy skiing more if you are physically fit.
  • Always wear a properly adjusted helmet.
  • Wear proper equipment and have your bindings adjusted correctly.
  • Keep sunglasses and goggles with you. Skiing and snowboarding are a lot more safe and fun when you can see.
  • Take lessons. The quickest way to become a good skier or snowboarder and prevent injury is to take lessons from a qualified instructor.
  • Begin each run slowly and be aware of the snow conditions. Firmer snow makes skiing hard and fast.
  • Keep aware of skiers and snowboarders above and below you. Keeping injury free requires a mental and physical presence.
  • If you accidentally end up on a run that exceeds your ability, side step to a safer area.
  • If you’re tired, stop.
  • Follow the seven safety rules of the slopes:
  1. Always stay in control.
  2. People ahead of you have the right of way.
  3. Stop in a safe place for you and others.
  4. Whenever starting downhill or merging, look uphill and yield.
  5. Use devices to help prevent runaway equipment.
  6. Observe signs and warnings, and keep off closed trails.
  7. Know how to use the lifts safely.

For more tips on ski and snowboard safety visit the Canada Safety Council website.



Safe Driving – Transport Canada

Cyclist Safety – City of Vancouver

Pedestrian Safety – Vancouver Police Department

Safety on the Slopes – Canada Safety Council

Head Injury Prevention

Invisible Bicycle Helmet Acts like Airbag

Watch “The Invisible Bicycle Helmet” by Fredrik Gertten, a 3-minute documentary fi

lm – part of the Focus Forward Films series.

Two female Swedish industrial designers have attempted to revolutionize helmet safety…and fashion. The ‘helmet’, which takes the form of a collar during regular use, inflates around the rider’s head when it senses a crash. The result is a giant puffy hood made of nylon that is able to withstand contact with concrete.

“The innovative Swedish inventors have successfully taken helmet issues beyond hockey and motorcycle helmets — that’s a good thing,” says Brian Webster Q.C.

“Bike helmets are a serious safety device. Helmets do reduce injuries particularly in falls from bikes, but unless they are worn they are useless. Many jurisdictions DON’T have helmet laws, so anything that highlights the importance of bike helmet safety and encourages proper helmet use has a huge potential benefit in reducing TBI frequency or severity.”


Find out more:

Hovding: The Invisible Bicycle Helmet website

ABC News Article: “‘Invisible Bike Helmet’ Keeps Hair Intact and Your Head Safe.”

Webster & Associates Sponsors Miss BC 2012 Contestant

Miss BC 2012 Contestant Andrea KannWebster & Associates is sponsoring former client Andrea Kann as she competes for the title of Mrs. BC in the upcoming Miss BC 2012 charity pageant. Miss BC recognizes young ladies across the province for their personal accomplishments and community involvement. By taking part in the pageant Andrea seeks to raise awareness of brain injuries and fundraise for the Brain Injury Association of BC and Cops for Cancer.

Andrea’s Story
“When I was 18 years old I was in a car accident. It was so serious that it changed my life forever. At the time I was preparing to leave for university, but instead spent the next week in a coma. When I awoke I was left with two permanent disabilities, the most imposing being a Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI).

Since then I have gone through a lot of ups and downs, but a lesson I have learned is that you can never stop improving yourself, and you should never give up on anything. This knowledge has made me into a role model for not only TBI survivors, but young women and men as well. The 2012 Miss BC charity pageant gives me the opportunity to get my story out and be a role model to a wide range of people. It also lets me raise awareness of brain injuries and be a voice for this invisible disability.

In my life I have learned the importance of NOW. That’s why I keep the quote “Dream as if you’ll live forever, live as if you’ll die today,” by James Dean in my mind everyday.”

Please join all of us at Webster & Associates in wishing Andrea the best of luck in the competition.

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GF Strong Acquired Brain Injury Programs 2012

The GF Strong Rehabilitation Centre hosts a number of workshops for survivors of brain injury and stroke, their family and friends. These workshops provide an open, informal forum in which to discuss and learn about the brain, how it works, and its recovery.

Understanding Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI): A Workshop for Families & Friends.

  • June 13, 2012: 6.00 – 9.00 pm
  • September 19, 2012: 6.00 – 9.00 pm
  • November 14, 2012: 6.00 – 9.00 pm

Location: Room #189, GF Strong Rehab Centre, 4255 Laurel Street, Vancouver, BC

Registration: Attendance is free, but advanced registration is required. To register please contact: Sacha Arsenault: sacha.arsenault@vch.ca, 778-875-7469 or Kelly Sharp: kelly.sharp@vch.ca, 604-341-8514.

Download the flyer (PDF).


Understanding Stroke: A Workshop for Families & Friends

  • May 9, 2012: 6.00 – 9.00 pm
  • October 24, 2012: 6.00 – 9.00 pm
  • December 12, 2012: 6.00 – 9.00pm

Location: Room #189, GF Strong Rehab Centre, 4255 Laurel Street, Vancouver, BC

Registration: Attendance is free, but advanced registration is required. To register please contact: Sacha Arsenault: sacha.arsenault@vch.ca, 778-875-7469 or Kelly Sharp: kelly.sharp@vch.ca, 604-341-8514.

Download the flyer (PDF).


Building Community Connections: A Workshop for Survivors, Families and Friends

This workshop is facilitated by the Community Intervention Coordinator. The workshop is interactive, with open group discussions, opportunities for sharing and problem solving with others. Survivors and caregivers share their personal journeys and discuss some of the successes and challenges they encountered in returning to the community.

  • June 6, 2012: 6.00 – 8.00 pm
  • September 12, 2012: 6.00 – 8.00 pm
  • November 7, 2012: 6.00 – 8.00 pm

Location: Room #189, GF Strong Rehab Centre, 4255 Laurel Street, Vancouver, BC

Registration: Attendance is free, but advanced registration is required. To register please contact: Sacha Arsenault: sacha.arsenault@vch.ca, 778-875-7469 or Kelly Sharp: kelly.sharp@vch.ca, 604-341-8514.

Download the flyer (PDF).


Family Aphasia Group
This workshop offers information and education to family and friends of people living with aphasia. Attendees are asked to share their successes and challenges and will learn how to create more successful and satisfying interactions.

Location: GF Strong Rehab Centre, 4255 Laurel Street, Vancouver, BC

Registration: Attendance is free, but advanced registration is required. Please register by calling Dina Collins at: (604) 737-6232.

Download the flyer (PDF)


International Brain Injury Conference Next Week

From March 21st to 25th, 2012, the International Brain Injury Association’s (IBIA) 9th World Congress on Brain Injury will be held in Endinburgh, Scotland.

The conference will be attended by delegates from around the world, including brain injured individuals and their families, neurosurgeons, rehabilitation physicians, psychiatrists, psychologists, speech pathologists, occupational therapists, physiotherapists, social workers, nurses, case managers and lawyers. This year’s conference will include workshops and speaker sessions presented by leading academic, medical and allied health professionals from around the world. These sessions will focus on cutting-edge  research on brain injury, rehabilitation, long-term recovery and lifestyle management.

To view the program, click here.

Webster & Associates at the World Congress

In 2005, Brian presented at the 6th World Congress on Brain Injury in Melbourne, Australia. As our legal team strives to stay on the cusp of brain injury research, particulary as it relates to our clients, their recovery and rehabilitation,  we have consistently sent delegates to this conference over the years. Barbara was due to attend this year’s conference, but has recently had to cancel in light of an upcoming trial at the same time.


The International Brain Injury Association

The International Brain Injury Association (IBIA) is dedicated to the development and support of multidisciplinary medical and clinical professionals, advocates, policy makers and others who work to improve outcomes and opportunities for persons with brain injury. Founded in 1993 , the IBIA was created in response to the growing demand from professionals and advocates throughout the world for collaboration and more information on all aspects of brain injury, from prevention to long-term care issues.

The IBIA works to develop positive relations and interactions between individuals, families, groups, organizations, institutions, diverse cultures and nations. The IBIA strives to provide international leadership for creative solutions to the issues associated with brain injury.

After the Crash theatre performance about TBI sponsored by Webster & Associates

Ruckus Ensemble After the CrashWe are pleased to be sponsoring a performance of After the Crash with Vancouver Coastal Health and Connect Communities.  After the Crash is engaging research-based theatre performance about traumatic brain injury.

The After the Crash performance group are one of the keynote presenters at Pacific Coast Brain Injury Conference (Feb 15-17, 2012) who have agreed to put on an additional, free, performance at GF Strong on Tuesday February 14, 2012 at 11.30am.

What is the play about?
While the story of After the Crash is fictional, each situation or scene in the play is based on real events and situations.

Elliot is a young professional who has suffered a traumatic brain injury. Because of this experience, he is faced with the challenge of rebuilding his life and his relationships, and the people around him play an important role in his struggle towards recovery.

How was the play developed?
Originally developed by the Toronto Rehabilitation Institute and the University of Toronto, it is a unique synthesis of research and art derived from focus group research with brain injury survivors, their family members and health care providers to learn about their experiences.

Who is this play for?
This play is intended for healthcare providers and TBI survivors alike.

Upcoming Performances:

FREE Performance

Date: Tuesday, February 14, 2012
Time: 11.30am
Location: GF Strong Rehabilitation Centre, GF Strong Auditorium, 4255 Laurel Street, Vancouver, BC
RSVP: This performance is open to all and while an RSVP is not required, we are interested in knowing who will attend, so please let us know if you plan to attend. Please call 604.734.1313.

Performed at the 22nd Pacific Coast Brain Injury Conference

Wednesday, February 15, 2012
Time: 8.30pm
Location: Pacific Coast Brain Injury Conference, Sheraton Wall Centre, Vancouver, BC
RSVP: Conference registration required

More information about the Ruckus Ensemble perfomance group can be found at www.ruckusensemble.com.


We look forward to seeing you at one of the upcoming performances.


Webster & Associates is proud to sponsor the 2012 Pacific Coast Brain Injury Conference

The 22nd Pacific Coast Brain Injury Conference

Date: February 15-17, 2012,
Location: Sheraton Vancouver Wall Centre, Vancouver, BC Canada
with satellite conferences held in Victoria and Kamloops.
Registration & conference details: brainstreams.ca

This year’s theme is:
Real people with Real Lives: It takes a Village.

Speaker Sessions include:

  • After the Crash (Theatre performance)
    Ruckus Ensemble
  • A Run to Remember
    David McGuire, Brain Injury Surivior
  • Trauma, Rehabilitation and Recovery – It Takes a Village
    Val Lougheed, President, Northern Lights Canada
  • Concussions in Sport
    Kerry Goulet and Keith Primeau, Co-founders, stopconcussions.com
  • Navigating through the Complexities of Life and Brain Injury
    Lois McElravy, Lessons from Lois
  • Neuroplasticity, MRI and Recovery
    Dr. Catherine Mateer, University of Victoria and Dr. Ryan D’Arcy, National Research Council Canada, Captain Trevor and Debbie Greene, Victoria
  • Head Injury and Addictions: What is the Causal Relationship?
    Dr. Gabor Maté, Physician, Author, Public Speaker
  • Brain Injury Associations: Their Role in the Village
    Terry-Lynn Stone, Executive Director, Kamloops Brain Injury Association

For more details on the speaker sessions, click here.

Register for the 2012 PCBIC at: brainstreams.ca/conference/registration


Vote for Head Strong, semi-finalist in the Aviva Community Fund Challenge

Help bring Head Strong $35,000 closer to helping Brain Injury survivors with their education costs. Zehr Insurance Brokers Ltd has nominated Head Strong, a brain injury awareness campaign, as an idea in the Aviva Community Fund Challenge to receive $35,000 that will benefit the Brain Injury Association of Canada’s Bursary Fund – assisting brain injury survivors with costs associated with post-secondary education.

Vote now!

Find out more here.

22nd Pacific Coast Brain Injury Conference | Feb 2012

Date: February 15-17, 2012,
Sheraton Vancouver Wall Centre in Vancouver, BC
Satellite Conferences held simultaneously in Victoria and Kamloops, BC.

The Annual Pacific Coast Brain Inury Conference will return February 15-17, 2012. The theme for 2012 is: Real people with Real Lives: It takes a Village. Sign up to receive the conference e-newsletter and keep up-to-date on event developments.

Check out highlights and presentations from the November 2010 Conference.