An expression of regret made by an individual in relation to an incident alleged to give rise to an action for damages at any time before a civil proceeding is started in a court in relation to the incident is not admissible in the proceeding.
Example—Suppose a patient attended a health service and was diagnosed as suffering from gall stones. Removal of the gall bladder was recommended for treatment of the condition. The procedure was attempted, but there was an adverse outcome.
A health care provider stated that the provider was sorry that there was an adverse outcome.
The statement is inadmissible in any future proceeding against the health care provider in relation to a personal injury allegedly arising out of the procedure.