Traumatic Brain Injury Attorneys

At Willis, Willis & Rizzi we can advocate on your behalf to help get you the treatment you need. Traumatic brain injuries and concussions are best handled by specialist doctors that have more extensive training and experience in dealing with injuries to the brain. We have great relationships with the doctors and medical providers who know how to deal with a concussion.

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Toxic Chemical Attorneys in Ohio

At Willis, Willis & Rizzi personal injury law firm in Akron, Ohio we have handled a wide range of cases involving toxic chemical exposure. We have handled many other types of toxic chemical exposure cases which resulted in favorable settlements for our clients. We have the time, experience and patience to get into a complex and challenging case and fight for our clients to achieve the best outcome possible.

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New Ohio Distracted Driving Law April 2023

As of April 4, 2023, it is illegal in the State of Ohio to use or hold a cell phone in your hand, lap or other parts of the body while driving. If an officer sees a violation, they can pull you over.  Drivers over 18 can make or receive calls via a hands-free device, including: speakerphone, earpiece, wireless headset, electronic watch, or connecting the phone to your vehicle.  In most cases, anything more than a single touch or swipe is against the law.

You can use hands-free technology like Bluetooth as long as you don’t hold the device or manually enter numbers, letters or symbols.  If you have to do that to make a call, you must find a safe location to park your car before making the call.  Drivers can listen to audio streaming apps and use navigational equipment as long as they turn them on before getting on the road or use a single touch/swipe to activate them.

Drivers can hold a phone to their ear during a phone conversation if the call is started and stopped with a single touch/swipe.  Drivers may also hold or use their cell phone when stopped at a traffic light or parked on a roadway or highway during an emergency.  Of course, in an emergency, drivers may call emergency services.

What is off-limits?  Dialing a phone number, sending a text message (unless it is voice to text via a hands-free method), video calls, FaceTime, browsing the internet, or recording or streaming video are just some of the actions that are prohibited.

Remember that drivers under the age of 18 are restricted from using any electronic device in any way while driving, even while sitting at a light or while using hands-free features.  They may however use a navigational device, as long as it is in hands-free or voice activated mode. Teens may not input information into the device while driving.

Officers are currently issuing warnings for violations in an effort to educate the public and allow time to adapt to the new law.  Starting October 5, 2023, law enforcement will begin to issue citations for violations.  The first offense in two years is 2 points assessed to your driver’s license and up to a $150 fine.  The second offense is 3 points and up to a $250 fine. The third offense and beyond is 4 points, up to a $500 fine and a possible 90-day license suspension.

Blindness & Eye Injury Attorneys

With blindness, vision loss and eye injury cases we offer in-depth research and are well acquainted with traumatic eye injuries and vision issues related to traumatic brain injuries. In addition to being experts in the legal aspects of blindness and eye injury cases, we can also offer a wide range of resources to help clients with their injuries such as ophthalmologists and vision therapists.

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Child Injury and Death Attorneys

What sets us apart from other personal injury attorneys is that we are not only concerned with the legal aspects of your case. We care deeply for each situation. We have a network of resources we can connect you with to help you deal with the grief of the loss of a child, or help you navigate the complexities of a child who needs lifetime care.

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Nursing Home Injury Attorneys

At Willis, Willis & Rizzi we are a boutique personal injury firm which means that we are not doing mass volumes of personal injury cases. If we decide to take on your case, you will get our best efforts to not only secure the maximum amount of compensation available but to also help in the healing process for you or your loved one.

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Spinal Injury Attorneys

At Willis, Willis & Rizzi every client and case we take on we devote our full attention and resources to helping that client and securing a just resolution in their case. This is especially important in spinal injury cases due to the many challenges involved.

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Sweet, Sour, Tart and Off the Charts


With the holidays in full swing, it’s always nice to have a recipe that can be made ahead.  Try this cranberry relish recipe for something different at your next holiday meal.  And be sure to keep reading below to learn how you can get a Willis, Willis & Rizzi t-shirt!

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The Goal of Full Recovery
     At Willis, Willis & Rizzi Co. LPA we strive to be the complete personal injury firm. This means not only handling the legal aspects of obtaining a monetary recovery for our clients; we help clients navigate the sea of medical treatment so they can gain the best medical recovery as well. This is step one. Big hospitals and medical practices can be difficult to navigate. We have been there before and are happy to help. We also help with the emotional recovery from simply talking with clients to helping them find professional help when needed. Among our attorneys we have state certified training in fire/rescue and emergency medical medicine.  Mark works on a local fire department responding to motor vehicle crashes and other traumatic injury events on a regular basis. We understand what is going on in the moments after.  This is where medical treatment begins. We also have attorneys with training in accident reconstruction. This is helpful if there is some question about who is at fault in the collision. Skid marks, yaw marks, debris fields, traffic light sequencing and engineering, electronic data records (black boxes) in cars all come into play in the collision reconstruction field.  Beyond our enhanced emergency medical knowledge, we have a panel of medical doctors at our disposal for additional in-depth medical knowledge and insight.  We have been in this field for over 75 years combined and know how to help clients get all the treatment they need to make a physical recovery, emotional recovery, and mental recovery so that we can turn to the last leg: a full legal recovery with full compensation.  No other law firm that we are aware of offers this breadth of knowledge and insight.

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Does Your Doctor Really Care?

We strive to get you the best possible medical care.

We represent injury victims.  As such, all of our clients have one thing in common: they all have an injury.  So over the years, we have run across many physicians treating our clients.  We have seen clients have great experiences with physicians who truly cared for them and took good care of them and we have had clients whose physicians have been standoffish because they are injured as opposed to having a wellness check or some disease.  Many doctors do not want to get involved in the legal process.  They may have had a bad experience in the legal process or they are scared of the process or just don’t want to take the time to advocate on behalf of a patient.  Whatever the reason, it seems like doctors who do not want to be involved in the legal process are putting their needs ahead of their patient’s needs.

I want to share a story with you.  When a spinal vertebra is crushed and heals, it heals in a now crushed/deformed state.  It does not pop back into its pre-injured dimensions.  I have used this example in trial on multiple occasions.  I take several pop cans and stack them up in front of the jury and you can stack them one on top of the other.  No problem. Then I take one and step down on the corner of it with my foot crushing it a little bit.  I then attempt to stack the pop cans up and they won’t stack back up because one of them is now deformed.  That is the equivalent of what happens in your spine when you have a crushed vertebra (often referred to by physicians as a compressed vertebra).  You now have a deformed vertebra that is responsible for holding up vertebrae above it.  That stacked-can imagery resonates with a jury.  It is accurate and most spine surgeons view a compression fracture of the vertebra as a permanent defect which has life-long, lasting implications.

We had a client who sustained a spinal compression fracture in a vertebra.  This was the result of a car crash.  She happened to work for a local orthopedic doctor and had for years.  So naturally she went to see her employer about her spine injury.  Ultimately we asked the orthopedic surgeon to answer a few questions regarding her injury and treatment and sent over a letter making the request.  The letter came back to our office, via fax, with three words handwritten on it: “stupid stupid stupid”.  After much trouble, I was finally able to speak to the doctor directly who said her employee’s injury was no big deal and thought we were making a mountain out of a mole hill and there was really no reason to be bringing any type of an injury claim.  We believe differently.  We have tried and handled many crushed vertebral injury claims.

Our client was pretty upset with her orthopedic doctor/employer whom she had known for years who was either afraid or didn’t want to spend the time to help her out on the medical front.  That story is common in our world.  I interact with doctors on almost a daily basis and I get it. They have a lot of stresses in their life brought on by dealing with health insurance companies, hospitals and patients.  It is not an easy job, but I think some of them have lost their way when they fail to take on their patients’ needs before their own.  I sent our client to another spine surgeon in town who is not afraid to advocate on behalf of patients and he wrote us a report addressing all the lifelong implications that she will incur as a result of this permanent defect in her spine caused by the collision. The responsible insurance company paid us their policy limits and our client found a new physician to care for her ongoing issues.

The best time to build a relationship with your physician is not necessarily when you need them, but before you need them.  I encourage you to get to know your physician so that if the need arises they will hopefully have a personal connection to you and feel compelled to help you and advocate on your behalf on the medical front if the need arises.

I think we distinguish ourselves from the mass marketers that do personal injury work as we take time to help clients get the best possible medical treatment – the treatment they deserve.  We do not handle thousands and thousands of claims at one time where they go through the office like a fast food assembly line. We treat each case based on the needs of the client, like a fine restaurant takes pride in preparing each meal individually. Lawyers all charge the same basic percentage so why settle for the assembly line process when you can have personal care tailored to your needs – just like you deserve on the medical front.