Personal Injury Representation

When people are hurt by someone else’s negligence, they turn to personal injury lawyer  Nicholas G. Callas, P.A. in Columbia, SC. 

Personal injury lawyer Nicholas Callas has practiced law since 1990 and has recovered full and fair compensation for hundreds of personal injury clients in South Carolina’s courts. 

The defendant’s insurance company is not looking out for you – but your personal injury attorney is! 

We aggressively represent our clients by thoroughly investigating their case, gathering the evidence we need to prove liability and damages, demanding full and fair compensation from the defendants or their insurance companies, and filing a lawsuit if they do not pay. 

Many people do not realize that the defendants do not pay most personal injury settlements or verdicts. The defendants’ insurance companies pay them, and they will do everything they can to protect their bottom line and maximize their profits – even when that hurts you, and sometimes even when the defendant wants them to pay!

That’s where we come in…

Nick Callas, a personal injury lawyer based in Columbia, SC, has extensive knowledge of the insurance industry, personal injury law in South Carolina, and the local courts, attorneys, and judges. 

Our team has years of experience in representing accident victims in the state and we use this knowledge to offer top-quality representation.

We work hard to ensure that you receive the maximum compensation that you are entitled to under the facts of your case and SC law, whether it’s through negotiations or a jury trial.

5 Things You Should Do After A Personal Injury in South Carolina

1. Medical Attention

Immediately seek any necessary medical attention for your injuries and follow up on any recommendations made by your doctors.

2. Gather Evidence

Take photos or videos of the damage, injuries, location, and anything else that you think may become evidence in court. Collect witness contact information and call the police for a report.

3. Document Everything

This includes medical expenses, lost time from your job, and any communications from the defendant’s insurance company. Keep a journal to document how the incident has affected you and your family as your case progresses.

4. Contact Attorney

Contacting a personal injury attorney in Columbia, SC, immediately following an incident is important. This will allow your lawyer to investigate the incident and gather evidence of liability as soon as possible after the crash. It is also important to seek legal advice before the insurance company’s adjusters contact you.

5. Insurance Company

Let your injury lawyer handle all communication with the insurance company. Do not make any statements after the accident. Your personal injury attorney will gather evidence, retain experts, demand payment, and prepare your case for trial if necessary.

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If you were injured due to someone else’s negligence, you may be entitled to compensation for medical expenses, lost wages, and pain and suffering. Consult with personal injury attorney, Nick Callas, to discuss your legal options.

Auto Accidents

If you were injured in a vehicle accident, we will fight to get you the compensation you need to cover medical expenses, car repairs, and more. We will also determine if you are entitled to receive additional compensation from your auto insurance policy. 

Insurance companies advertise that they are here to help, and we hold them to that promise.We handle all types of motor vehicle accidents, including:

  • Hit & runs,
  • Motorcycle accidents,
  • Auto accidents,
  • Accidents involving drunk driving,
  • And more.

Slip and Fall

Property owners are responsible for unsafe conditions that injure invitees or licensees on their property, including slip-and-fall hazards, “trip-and-fall” hazards, and other types of dangerous conditions. 

For “invitees,” the property owner must 1) keep their premises safe, 2) warn of any dangers that the owner knows of or reasonably should have known existed, and 3) correct any unsafe conditions. 

For “licensees,” or people who have permission to be on the property but for their benefit and not the property owner’s benefit (a salesperson, for example), the property owner must warn of any unsafe conditions. Still, the duty of care is lower than that owed to an invitee. 

In most cases, a property owner does not owe a duty of care to a trespasser, although there are exceptions, like when a child is injured after accessing an “attractive nuisance.”

Wrongful Death

Regardless of the type of injury that resulted in the death, whether it was an on-the-job accident, medical malpractice, a motor vehicle accident, someone else’s negligence, or another person’s intentional act, we will fight to hold the at-fault party accountable and get the maximum compensation that your family is entitled to receive under the facts of your case and SC law.


We have compiled a list of the top questions asked by individuals who have suffered injuries as a result of another person’s negligence in South Carolina.
What is personal injury law?

When a person has been injured or suffered financial losses due to someone else’s negligence or intentional act, the injured person has the right to seek compensation through the courts.

Some examples include:

Auto accidents (or truck, motorcycle, moped, or pedestrian accidents),
Slip and fall or trip and fall injuries,
Assault and battery (by a bouncer or security guard, for example),
Professional malpractice (medical, legal, or dental, for example) or
Animal attacks or dog bites.

What is a personal injury lawyer?
Personal injury lawyers help accident victims to recover compensation from the at-fault parties. For example, if you were hurt in a car wreck, your personal injury lawyer will investigate the crash, identify all possible sources of recovery (responsible parties and insurance policies), demand compensation from the defendants or their insurance companies, and file a personal injury lawsuit if the defendant does not pay.
What is a personal injury claim?
A “claim” usually refers to your demand for payment from an at-fault party’s insurance company. The claim must be based on a valid “cause of action” that you can then file in court as a “complaint” outlining what the defendant did and why they must pay your damages.
Are personal injury settlements taxable?

The general rule is that your personal injury settlement is not taxable. There are exceptions, however, including:

  • Punitive damages, 
  • Lost wages,
  • Interest earned on delayed settlement payments, and
  • Some types of non-economic damages. 

Your attorney may be able to structure your settlement in a way that avoids taxes whenever possible, but you should also consult a tax professional to determine whether your settlement is taxable or what portions of your settlement will be taxable.

How are personal injury settlements paid out?

Depending on the circumstances and your negotiations with the insurance company, your settlement may be paid in a single lump-sum or it could be paid in increments over time in a structured settlement. 

Once your attorney has received the settlement check from the insurance company, your costs will be deducted from the settlement before you receive your final settlement payment. These costs could include:

  • Medical liens, 
  • Court costs or costs of expert witnesses, and
  • Attorney fees.


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Please be aware that any result achieved on behalf of one client in one matter does not necessarily indicate similar results can be obtained for other clients.

Nick Callas spent over a half hour explaining things to me that my last attorney failed to tell me. I have some appointments to make but as soon as I’m done Nick will be my first call! He was informative, knowledgeable, and understanding. Plus he was easy to talk to.


Trish Marsello – Client

I needed a second opinion on my disability approval. I’d been approved, but not for retroactive payments. I called the Callas Law Firm and spoke directly with Mr. Callas, which was refreshing. He advised me beyond my expectations in a friendly, kind and respectful manner. I highly recommend counsel like him and his firm. Thank you, Mr. Callas.


Eve Morales – Client

Mr. Callas was a tremendous asset in my workers compensation case. He was always on top of everything involved in my case. He doesn’t let the otherside sit on their hands and beat around the bush. He gets the job done.


Steven Howard – Client


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Law Office of Nicholas G. Callas PA
1901 Gadsden Street, Suite B
Columbia, SC 29201

Monday – Friday
8:30 AM – 5:00 PM
***Available after hours and by appointments***

Serving all of Lexington and Richland County.

Law Office of Nicholas G. Callas PA represents clients throughout South Carolina including Columbia, Lexington, West Columbia, Cayce, Sumter and parts of North Carolina including Charlotte.

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