When will a court order severance in a medical negligence case?

British Columbia, Canada

The following excerpt is from Duperron v. Massini Holding Corporation, 2008 BCSC 645 (CanLII):

The plaintiff’s financial circumstances are one factor which the court may consider in determining whether severance is appropriate: Anderson v. University of British Columbia, [1990] B.C.J. No. 2507 (S.C.). In the course of exercising his discretion in favour of the application, Finch J. offered the following qualifications: I agree with the defendants that the plaintiff's difficult financial circumstances, and lack of resources with which to pursue his claim, do not distinguish this case from many others. Frequently plaintiffs, especially in medical negligence cases, are ill equipped financially to prepare and advance their claims…If the plaintiff had not been prepared to waive his right to trial by jury, I would have refused the order for severance.

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