Illinois and Missouri Amputation and Personal Injury Lawyers
After an accident that results in the loss of an arm, leg or other part of the body, the physical and emotional pain can be difficult to handle and the recovery process is one that may never be fully complete.
Adapting to the amputation of a body part is a gradual process but there are some activities, including some occupations, which may no longer be possible as the result of the accident, even if a prosthesis can be fitted to partially replace the missing body part. A victim’s home and automobile may have to be modified or replaced to allow the person to live as independently as possible. Financially, it is important to pursue compensation that you need for treatment, prosthetics, and other expenses related to the amputation, including past and future lost wages.
In Belleville, Illinois, the personal injury law firm of Ripplinger & Zimmer, L.L.C., provides counsel and representation to the victims of amputations and other traumatic injuries that were the result of accidents, negligence or misconduct. Our attorneys recognize how difficult it can be to cope with the loss of a limb or other body part and attempt to provide a source of comfort and confidence for our clients. We will evaluate your medical records and provide resources for therapists and doctors who can provide effective rehabilitation.
Accidents and Injuries That May Require Amputation
At Ripplinger & Zimmer, L.L.C., we have handled a variety of personal injury cases in more than 30 years of experience, including many cases where amputation has been necessary after accidents. These accidents may include:
- Aviation accidents
- Construction accidents
- Defective machinery
- Farm injuries
- Medical malpractice
- Unsafe products
- Car and truck accidents
After an amputation, there may be many short-term and long-term costs that are necessary for the recovery process, including prosthetics, physical and occupational therapy, psychological therapy, surgery, job retraining and many others. Paying for these expenses may be prohibitive for many people and obtaining compensation through a personal injury claim is crucial.
Birth Injury Lawyer
There is no way to adequately compensate a family for a medical mistake that causes a birth injury. Birth injuries can rob a child of a normal, healthy life, and rob parents of many of the everyday joys of parenthood.
If medical malpractice injured your child, please contact a birth injury attorney at Ripplinger & Zimmer, L.L.C. today to discuss your case. We have the skills, resources, and experience required to get results for you. Our goal is to recover the maximum possible amount of financial compensation for the injury and loss your child and family have suffered.
At Ripplinger & Zimmer, L.L.C., our birth injury attorneys believe those who caused a birth defect or other birth injury should take responsibility for their actions. We recover financial compensation for families with children who have sustained birth injuries including:
- Erbs Palsy
- Cerebral Palsy
- Shoulder Dystocia
- Brain injury
- Spinal cord injury
- Injuries from forceps
- Mental retardation
A birth injury can be caused by:
- Failure to monitor the baby during labor and delivery
- Delay in performing a Cesarean section
- Lack of oxygen to the brain
- Failure to monitor the mother’s condition
- Failure to adhere to standards of care
- Medical negligence BRAIN INJURY
Representing Brain Injury Victims in Illinois and Missouri
Did a recent auto accident, workplace accident or other event result in a traumatic brain injury for you or a loved one? Are you concerned that brain damage or closed head injuries were missed initially, but are now causing problems?
In a free initial consultation, our Belleville, Illinois, personal injury attorneys will apply our extensive experience with accident victims and medical issues to evaluate your case. We have helped many injury victims obtain substantial compensation to cover medical costs, lost wages and address other serious consequences.
Fighting for Maximum Compensation After a Brain Injury
At our respected law firm, we prioritize the wellbeing of our clients and their families. Rather than making fast decisions based on the obvious facts of a case, we strive to engage with you and understand all possible causes and consequences of your injuries. If someone was negligent and can be held liable for causing or contributing to your brain injury, we will go the distance in our effort to recover damages for you through decisive legal action.
Targeting Proper Brain Injury Diagnosis and Treatment
Whenever we work with an accident victim, we are alert to any possibility of head trauma and brain injuries. We have seen numerous cases when a basic examination after an auto accident, a construction accident or other event did not reveal the presence or extent of brain injuries.
When other physical injuries are present and a blow to the head is not the primary concern, it is common for mild symptoms to be ignored or attributed to shock. Over time, however, the injured person or those close to him or her may become aware of:
- Short-term or long-term memory problems
- Changes in vision
- Hearing loss
- Subtle or unusual changes in behavior
We assist our clients in seeking specialized medical attention, turning to respected institutions such as the Brain Injury Institute at Northwestern University. Proper diagnosis of a brain injury often requires psychological tests as well as physical procedures.
Illinois and Missouri Burn Injury Attorneys
A serious burn injury is not only physically damaging but can also be one of the most psychologically traumatic injuries that a person can suffer. The costs of recovery from a burn injury, including the emotional therapy that may be required to overcome the psychological trauma, can be tremendous. When burn injuries are caused by another person’s negligence or misconduct, pursuing compensation is crucial for the successful completion of the recovery process.
At the law firm of Ripplinger & Zimmer, L.L.C., in Belleville, Illinois, our personal injury lawyers can help you work to hold the responsible parties accountable. For more than 30 years, we have helped clients obtain successful verdicts and settlements in burn injury cases. We also represent the families of fatal burn injury victims. We will aggressively pursue monetary damages for you and provide the personal attention you deserve after a serious accident.
If you or your family member has suffered a serious burn injury, contact the law firm of Ripplinger & Zimmer, L.L.C., to learn more.
Causes and Types of Burn Injuries
Burn injuries are typically classified by the degree of the burn. First-degree burns tend to be mild and typically only affect the outer layer of the skin, while third and fourth degree burns affect underlying tissue and may result in permanent scarring, disfigurement or death.
There are many types of burns that can cause serious damage to victims, including:
- Heat burns, caused by explosions, fires and hot objects and liquids
- Electrical burns, caused by electrical sources and lighting
- Chemical burns, caused by household or industrial chemicals
- Radiation burns, including those caused by tanning booths and X-rays
Any type of serious burn can have significant short and long-term effects for victims. Burns may result in severe pain, scarring, disfigurement and loss of function, including the loss of sight, taste, smell and touch. Burns may also result in permanent disabilities and mental trauma. Treating all of these complications is often an expensive, time consuming process that can last well after the accident has taken place.
Dog Bites & Animal Attacks
Belleville, Illinois, Lawyers for Dog Bite Victims
All Illinois and Missouri property owners are responsible for maintaining safe conditions on their property. This obligation includes protecting others from a dangerous dog or any other animal kept on the property.
If you or a family member has been bitten by a dog, you may be able to recover medical costs and financial compensation for other consequences by taking legal action against the dog’s owner.
Uncovering the History of a Dangerous Dog
Our respected law firm has successfully resolved a number of dog bite cases, including those involving seriously injured children. We know what to look for in evaluating and building your specific case, focusing on:
- Understanding the circumstances surrounding the dog bite or animal attack
- Uncovering any previously reported incidents of the animal attacking another person
- Gathering photographic or video evidence that shows negligence in controlling the animal
- Fully documenting your injuries as soon as possible after the attack
- Finding neighbors or other witnesses willing to discuss a problem animal or the owner’s negligence in controlling it
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Even if the dog has no history of violence, an unprovoked attack may still provide a solid case for legal action. Our lawyers’ extensive experience in proving negligence and negotiating with insurance companies can be an excellent asset for you.
Spinal Cord Injuries
Representing Accident Victims With Spinal Cord Injuries
Not every attorney is up to the challenge of a personal injury case involving paralysis or other catastrophic spinal cord injuries. The magnitude of medical costs and life changes associated with such injuries can be staggering, and your decision to contact an attorney with directly relevant experience may be essential to your future.
At the respected Belleville, Illinois, law firm of Ripplinger & Zimmer LLC, we have represented people rendered paraplegic or quadriplegic due to auto accidents, crashes involving trucks and tragic construction site accidents. We are well equipped to evaluate and prepare every aspect of your spinal cord injury case, whether it involves someone’s criminal activity, a medical error or the consequences of using an unsafe product.
Our experience with many accident victims includes cases of complete severance and partial severance of the spinal cord. In many cases, it is necessary to seek specialized medical attention for back pain or neck pain that may indicate a serious spinal cord injury.
Knowledge and Experience to Show the Full Impact of Your Injuries
For victims of spinal cord or brain injuries, long-term medical care and rehabilitation costs may run to the hundreds of thousands or millions of dollars. Properly presenting your case for recovering damages to an insurer or jury requires that your attorney truly grasps what it will take for a person with severe injuries to live as fulfilling a life as possible.
Our attorneys take every available step to obtain maximum compensation for our clients, including calling on:
- Top university economists to prepare credible projections of lost wages
- Experienced rehabilitation specialists and experts in the development of comprehensive life care plans that include home care assistance
- Engineers and contractors capable of addressing all necessary home and automobile modifications, from countertop height adjustments and accessible, safe bathrooms to adaptive equipment on vans or other vehicles