CAR ACCIDENT LAWYER
COLUMBIA · LEXINGTON · WEST COLUMBIA · CAYCE
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
My Case has been ongoing for 7 years before settlement was reached. It was a difficult case with many hurdles to cross, through due diligence and hard work my case was finally settled to my satisfaction. Thanks to the Callas Law firm for all their hard work and patience to reach this settlement.
Giles Long – Client
I truly recommend Mr. Nicholas Callas Law Firm to anyone who’s in need. From the beginning when I first walked in, Mr. Nick and Merridy have really been welcoming and personal with me. They made sure that I was involved with everything. Thanks again!
Raymond Gathers – Client
Types of Auto Accidents We Routinely Handle
- Car Accidents
- Eighteen-Wheeler Accidents
- Motorcycle Accidents
- Pedestrian Accidents
- Uninsured / Underinsured Claims
The Most Common Questions We Get Asked Are…
Do you need experts to prove my claim?
You may need expert witnesses who can consult with us or provide testimony to establish liability or damages, particularly when you suffer a serious car crash with severe or long-term injuries.
Some examples include:
- Accident reconstructionists,
- Medical experts,
- Life care planners, or
- Any expert who can explain complex issues to a jury regarding damages or liability.
What kinds of damages am I entitled to after a car wreck?
Depending on the facts of your case, you may be entitled to recover damages for:
- Medical expenses and future medical expenses, including long-term care when needed,
- Property damage,
- Pain and suffering,
- Emotional distress/ emotional or mental injuries like PTSD,
- Compensation for scarring or disfigurement,
- Loss of consortium or loss of companionship, and
- Punitive damages when appropriate.
What if the accident was partly my fault?
Your car wreck lawyer will help you to determine liability before they accept your case.
If the accident was caused by another driver’s negligence and you suffered damages, you have a valid case.
If the accident was caused by your negligence, you cannot sue and you might get sued by the other driver.
If liability is in question, or if you were partly at fault for the crash, you may still be able to recover under SC’s modified comparative negligence rule. If you were 50% or less at fault for the crash, you can recover damages but they are reduced by the percentage of fault assigned to you. If you were more than 50% at fault, you recover nothing.
Can I recover damages if I wasn’t wearing a seatbelt?
SC law says that failure to wear a seatbelt is not comparative negligence and it is not “assumption of the risk.”
Even if you suffered injuries that would not have happened if you were wearing a seatbelt, it is not a defense for the insurance company and it is not something they can bring up in court – you are still entitled to full compensation for your injuries.
How long does a car wreck settlement take?
Some car accident cases settle quickly when liability is clear and when the damages are low. In more serious car wreck cases, however, the insurance company is likely to demand proof and may force you to file a lawsuit, take depositions, and litigate your case through mediation, the eve of trial, and possibly even to a jury verdict.
Our goal is to settle each client’s case for its full value as quickly as possible, but that process could take anywhere from weeks to years depending on the facts of each case and whether the insurance company agrees to settle.
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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.
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