Ramirez v. Defendant Law Firm

  • Circuit Court, Cook County, Illinois10/01/1997
    Client: Defendant Law Firm
    Outcome: Defense Verdict

Synopsis:

Plaintiff was injured in a motorcycle accident and received treatment from an orthopedic surgeon at a Chicago hospital, including the insertion of a prosthetic hip-nail plate device, which failed two months later.

Plaintiff retained counsel to pursue product liability and medical malpractice claims against the surgeon and manufacturer. Both cases were filed and eventually non-suited, allegedly without plaintiff’s knowledge.

He sued his original attorney and the law firm with whom the attorney later became affiliated while the case was pending. The law firm denied it ever was retained to represent plaintiff and also denied that there was any medical negligence in the underlying case.

After a two-week trial, the jury deliberated 30 minutes before returning a defense verdict.