NEW ORLEANS – A man claims his attorney committed legal malpractice in handling an auto accident case when he was a minor.
Darrius Madina filed suit against Ron A. Austin and Austin and Associates LLC on April 10 in the Orleans Parish District Court.
Madina claims that while he was a minor, through his mother, Trinette Madina, he contracted with Austin to represent him for injuries suffered in a car accident on Feb. 27, 2012.
The case was against Transit Management of Southeast Louisiana, its director, and an employee streetcar operator involving a crash of a streetcar and motor vehicle in the Orleans Parish.
Austin filed suit on the plaintiff’s behalf on Feb. 26, 2013 in the First City Court for the City of New Orleans. The plaintiff contends that during the case the defendant’s practices and actions digressed from the acceptable standards resulting in significant financial and emotional damages for the plaintiff.
The defendant is accused of failing to file a petition of damages containing competent subject matter, failing to file a petition for damages in a court of proper venue, failing to communicate any of the issues to either plaintiff or the plaintiff’s mother as these actions were unfolding in the First City Court and failing to an appeal to an adverse judgement.
An unspecified amount in damages is sought for loss of consortium, loss of wages and earning capacity, medical expenses, expert witness fees and the cost of bringing suit.
The case has been assigned to Division F Judge Christopher J. Bruno.
The plaintiff is represented by attorney George R. Blue Jr.
Case no. 2015-03395.