Region settles portion of Sinclair lawsuit

Winnipeg Health Region
Published Monday, February 13, 2012

The Winnipeg Health Region has settled a portion of a lawsuit stemming from the death of Brian Sinclair.

The Region issued a cheque for $110,000 to Sinclair's family earlier this month to settle the family's claim for loss of care, guidance and companionship for his wrongful death.

After receiving the financial settlement, lawyers for the family filed a Notice of Discontinuance for that part of the lawsuit which the family has filed against the Winnipeg Regional Health Authority, a number of its staff and the Manitoba Government.

The Region has consistently acknowledged the role it played in Sinclair's death. He was a patient who came to the Health Sciences Centre seeking help which the hospital failed to provide. His death was preventable. As soon as they were able to contact his next-of-kin, representatives of the hospital immediately apologized to them.

There is a motion in court today to strike out a number of the remaining portions of the lawsuit which the Region maintains are not legally sustainable.

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