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Woman sues on behalf of deceased, claiming medical center failed to provide safe exit from building

By Noddy A. Fernandez | May 8, 2017

BELLEVILLE — An executor of an estate is suing a cardiovascular heath care facility, citing negligence for failing to help a man safely exit its premises.

Deborah L. Ripplinger, executor of the estate of Raymond J. Ripplinger filed a complaint on April 7 in the St. Clair County Circuit Court against Prairie Cardiovascular Consultants LTD, alleging the defendant failed to exercise reasonable care for patients within its managed and controlled premises.

According to the complaint, the plaintiffs allege that on April 8, 2015, Raymond Ripplinger was an invitee within the premises under management and control of the defendant when he was injured while leaving the premises. 

As a result, Raymond Ripplinger suffered permanent disability, pain and medical expenses. 

The plaintiff alleges Prairie Cardiovascular failed to provide proper supervision to patients like Raymond Ripplinger who have mobility deficiencies and failed to hold the mechanically operated door open while he sought to exit from the premises.

The plaintiffs request a trial by jury and the executor of the deceased seeks judgment in an amount in excess of $50,000, plus costs of suit and other further relief as the court deems just and proper. 

The plaintiff is represented by Jack A. Strellis of Strellis and Field, Chartered in Waterloo.

St. Clair County Circuit Court case number 17-L-185

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