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Making Beaches More Accessible

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Photo from the Mobi-mat website        

Vancouver is famous for its lovely beaches - beaches that are largely inaccessible to those who rely on a wheelchair for their mobility.

At Pacific Medical Law we understand the challenges that wheelchair users and their families can experience when trying to engage in recreational activities. That's why we were excited to learn that the Vancouver Park Board is launching a pilot project to improve beach accessibility. Beginning in August a fixed mat will be installed at the English Bay bath house, running down to the water all the way down to the low tide line. Complete with several connected platforms, the hope is that wheelchair users can be joined by friends and family for a day of fun in the sun.

This pilot project will run until the end of the summer, and if it proves to be a success, more mats will be installed at other beaches for the summer of 2018.

Engaging Patients in Reducing Preventable Harm

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At Pacific Medical Law all of our clients have concerns about the health care they have received. Often they have tried to be active participants in their care by asking questions and reporting concerns about their care, but those concerns are not always heard. Engaging Patients in Patient Safety - a Canadian Guide recognizes that patients often see solutions to problems but are not always asked for their ideas. The Guide was developed by the Canadian Patient Safety Institute (CPSI) in partnership with Patients for Patient Safety Canada (PFPSC) with a goal of encouraging collaboration among patients, families, healthcare providers, managers and leaders to identify risks, support those involved in an incident and find ways to prevent similar incidents in the future.

New Mind-Controlled Robotic Hand Restores Independence in Daily Activities after Quadriplegia or Stroke Deficits

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A new mind-controlled robotic hand may help increase independence for people living with quadriplegia or the effects of a stroke, according to a recent study published in Science Robotics.

Susanne Raab is Selected to become a Fellow in the Litigation Counsel of America

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Susanne is honored to have been invited to become a Fellow in the Litigation Counsel of America (the "LCA").The LCA is a trial lawyer honorary society composed of less than one-half of one percent of lawyers in North America. 

Play Without Limits - Why it Matters!

Play Without Limits.jpgAt Pacific Medical Law we know that for kids, playing is not a luxury - it is their "work". It is how children learn to interact with their environment, develop physical skills and strength, expand their imagination and build friendships. It is indeed the essence of childhood. The importance of play in a child's life simply cannot be over-emphasized. 

STEPtember - Pacific Medical Law is Steppin' Up to Support Children Living with Cerebral Palsy

Steptember.jpgAs part of our commitment to assist children living with cerebral palsy, both inside and outside the courtroom, the lawyers at Pacific Medical Law are once again participating in STEPtember - an annual fundraiser to raise funds and awareness for children living with cerebral palsy.

Pacific Medical Law - Making a Difference in the Lives of People Living with Cerebral Palsy

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From: Cerebral Palsy Association of BC Newsletter, May 25, 2016

(Photo: Susanne Raab and Paul McGivern with CPABC's Executive Director Feri Dehdar and President Andy Yu at the Life Without Limits Gala 2016.) 

Ms. Raab and Mr. McGivern made a commitment to do their part to improve the lives of all people living with cerebral palsy in British Columbia. They reached out to the Cerebral Palsy Association of BC and asked them how they could help, and have responded to the various needs identified. 

Medico-legal review suggests that physicians miss the signs of stroke

doctor-3.jpgA recent review of cases conducted by the Canadian Medical Protective Association, an organization that defends physicians in Canada, has found that most medical malpractice cases involving stroke had issues with the diagnosis. This means that sometimes doctors are missing the signs of stroke at initial presentation thereby depriving patients of necessary prompt treatment. In the cases reviewed, more than 25% of patients died and another 40% were left with a significant disability. 

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