A legal malpractice lawsuit was recently filed against the Beaumont law firm Brent Coon & Associates, alleging lawyers Ryan Scott and Brent Coon failed to timely file a medical malpractice claim.
Area residents Jerry and June Peveto filed the suit May 16 in Jefferson County District Court.
Court records show that the Pevetos hired Brent Coon & Associates following the death of their daughter, who died on Feb. 15, 2007. The couple sought the firm's services believing their daughter's death was the result of medical negligence.
On Feb 15, 2008, the Pevetos and Brent Coon & Associates entered into a written agreement. Nearly a year later, the firm sent the couple a letter stating the statute of limitations had elapsed and a lawsuit could not be filed.
"Defendants failed to do a full and complete investigation of the facts surrounding the injuries and suffering of Cynthia Ann Peveto and her death," the suit states.
"Defendants failed to prosecute to a conclusion all claims against all responsible parties and timely file a lawsuit."
The suit alleges the defendants breached their contract and negligently misrepresented the plaintiffs.
The plaintiffs are suing for actual and consequential damages.
They are represented by Katy attorney Jim Culpepper.
Judge Donald Floyd, 172nd District Court, has been assigned to the case.
Case No. E190-030