Jury Trials in Medical Malpractice Actions
“Plaintiffs are on equal footing at mediation only if represented by counsel ready, willing and able to proceed to trial, unless defendants offer a fair settlement.” – Burnaby lawyer Don Renaud, Past President of the Trial Lawyers Association of BC
Don Renaud’s article, published in the journal of the Trial Lawyers Association of BC, outlines why jury trials in medical malpractice actions would level the playing field for victims of medical negligence. Defendant medical professionals are supported by the Canadian Medical Protective Association (CMPA) and its $3 billion reserve used to “vigorously defend” its members. Renaud argues juries would make this power imbalance less acute.