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Jones v. O'Young
Illinois Supreme Court
607 N.E.2d 224 (1992)
Johnny Jones (plaintiff) was in a car accident. He was treated for his injuries by Dr. Richard O’Young, an orthopedic surgeon, Dr. Armanda Pacis, a general surgeon, and Dr. Rasmasamy Kalimuthu, a plastic surgeon (defendants). Jones developed an infection called pseudomonas osteomyelitis that led to the amputation of his leg. Jones sued the surgeons who treated him for negligence. Jones’s expert witness was a doctor specializing in infectious disease. As a specialist in infectious disease, the expert witness did not share the same medical specialties as the defendants, who were all surgeons. The trial court certified to the supreme court the question of whether a plaintiff’s expert must have the same medical specialty as the defendant in order to testify regarding the standard of care required of the defendant.
Rule of Law
Holding and Reasoning (Clark, J.)
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