Suburban Doctor Sues Following November Gold Coast Stabbing

By Emily Morris on January 8, 2013 7:49am 

 Jimmy Harris, 56, was charged with first-degree murder after he allegedly stabbed Mir Shah, a suburban oncologist, authorities said.
Jimmy Harris, 56, was charged with first-degree murder after he allegedly stabbed Mir Shah, a suburban oncologist, authorities said.
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CHICAGO — An Oak Brook doctor who authorities said was stabbed at a Gold Coast hotel in November is reportedly suing the hotel, its restaurant and the alleged attacker.

Mir Shah, a 67-year-old oncologist, claims the Westin Hotel and The Grill restaurant were negligent when they allowed "unauthorized persons to gain access to their hotel," the Chicago Tribune reported, citing a suit filed Monday. He also claims the hotel did not perform proper security checks, according to the Tribune.

Shah was stabbed in the face and neck inside a bathroom at the hotel's restaurant, 909 N. Michigan Ave., on Nov. 17. Police had said his attacker demanded money from the victim before stabbing him.

His alleged attacker, Jimmy Harris, 56, had been released from jail just days earlier following a separate assault charge, prosecutors said at a November hearing.

A restaurant bartender who tried to intervene was also stabbed in the incident, prosecutors said.

Shah and his family were reportedly dining at the hotel after attending the Magnificent Mile Lights Festival.

Shah was treated at Northwestern Memorial Hospital, while the bartender was treated at a nearby hospital for minor wounds, authorities said.

Shah claims the incident left him disfigured and disabled, the Tribune reported.

Harris was charged with attempted first-degree murder, two counts of aggravated battery and one count of aggravated unlawful restraint in connection with the stabbing, police said in November. He was ordered held without bail.

A spokesman at the hotel was unavailable for comment Tuesday morning.

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