Attorneys & Counselors at Law
The Rizzo Law Firm, PLLC’s civil litigation practice involves the handling of disputes between individuals and/or organizations, in which compensation may be awarded to an injured party. We initially attempt to resolve such disputes by way of settlement to minimize costs to our clients, however, if that is not possible, a lawsuit will be initiated. The process includes the initial filing of a complaint by the plaintiff (the injured party), the filing of an answer by the defendant (the alleged wrong-doer), and the participation by both parties in the discovery process, during which the parties to the lawsuit will learn about the facts alleged by both sides in preparation for trial of the matter. Our qualified attorneys are there to diligently work on behalf of our clients during every step of the dispute. The following are the areas of civil litigation handled by the firm.
The Rizzo Law Firm, PLLC represents clients who have sustained all types of personal injuries, including, but not limited to, injuries to the head, back, neck, eye, amputation, paralysis, paraplegia, quadriplegia, assault injuries and wrongful death.
Typical causes of such injuries might include automobile accidents, truck accidents, motorcycle accidents, products liability, premises liability, negligence and dog bites.
The damages awarded in a personal injury action may include compensation for medical expenses, lost wages, pain and suffering and emotional injuries.
In addition to handling matters where the injury is to one’s physical body, The Rizzo Law Firm, PLLC handles matters involving injuries to one’s rights. Civil rights encompass protection from discrimination based on gender, race, religion, disability, etc., as well as individual freedoms of speech, belief, association and political participation. If you believe that your civil rights have been violated, we are here to help you.
All property owners have a responsibility to maintain their property so as not to cause or allow dangerous conditions to exist on their property. Their failure to properly maintain their property subjects them to liability for injuries caused by such conditions. We can assist you in recovering damages from property owners who cause you injury.
We all purchase products every day never believing that we will be injured by the use of those products. However, every day, people are in fact injured by products, including baby strollers, space heaters, electrical tools and medical equipment. Under the body of law known as products liability, a person injured by a product may seek damages from the manufacturer, distributor, supplier, retailer or others who made that product available to the public. Whether your injury resulted from a defect in the design of a product, the way the product was manufactured, or a failure to warn, we can help you recover damages for injuries caused by that product.
Under certain circumstances, when the owner of property cannot be located, ownership of that property is assumed by the state. This is referred to as escheat. Often, an escheat takes place when an individual dies without a valid will stating who is to inherit his or her property, and without relatives who are entitled to inherit in the absence of a will. Another common example is when a home is foreclosed upon and then sold by the bank for more than was owed on the loan. In this case, the surplus funds are escheated to the state. The Rizzo Law Firm, PLLC can assist you in obtaining property from the state that does or should belong to you.