Columbus Car Accident Lawyer
Our dedicated legal team at Slater & Zurz can help you get the medical treatment you need, file a personal injury claim, and get the maximum available compensation. We handle every aspect of the claims process from start to finish so you can focus on recovering and getting your life back on track.
If you have been injured in a car accident, you need an experienced and aggressive team on your side. Our attorneys have over a century of collective experience representing those injured by someone else’s negligence. Our top priority is to be there when you need us most and boldly advocate on your behalf to hold the at-fault party accountable for their actions and get you the much-needed compensation you are entitled to.
Car Accidents in Columbus
Any car accident can result in serious injuries, whether it is a low-speed rear-end collision or a multi-car pileup. Our auto accident attorneys are ready to help you recover compensation for injuries sustained in an auto accident, including:
- Rear-end collisions
- Left-turn accidents
- Head-on collisions
- Hit-and-run accidents
- T-bone collisions
- Intersection accidents
- Drunk driving accidents
- Failure to yield accidents
- Multi-vehicle accidents
- Reckless driving accidents
- Road rage accidents
- SUV rollover accidents
- Uber & Lyft accidents
- Dangerous road collision accidents
Seven Steps to Take After a Car Accident
You were just involved in a car accident. You are likely in shock and unsure of what to do next. It is important to remain calm and take the following seven steps:
Get medical attention right away – If you haven’t already seen a doctor, do so now. Serious injuries often have delayed symptoms. That is why you need a comprehensive medical exam to identify and treat any injuries. Be sure to follow the doctor’s treatment plan and keep all of your medical bills and records. If you do not have insurance, our firm will work with you to get you the medical care you need.
Call 911 – Report the accident to the police and obtain the officer’s traffic collision report for your records.
Document what happened – Write down everything you can remember – what happened before, during, and after the accident. Even if it seems like a small detail to you, it may be essential in proving your claim.
Take photographs and video of the accident scene, your injuries, and all vehicles involved in the crash – Photos and video footage are crucial in proving who was at fault, the nature and severity of your injuries, and the extent of the damage caused to your vehicle.
Get the contact and insurance information from every driver involved in the accident – Write down the name, address, phone number, driver’s license number, insurance company, and policy number of each driver. Also, look for any eyewitnesses and be sure to get their name and phone number so your attorney can speak with them at a later time.
Don’t speak with the insurance company – You might think you should call your insurance company or the other party’s insurance company right away. But portions of what you say may be used against you in an attempt to deny you the compensation you deserve. If an insurance company contacts you, kindly let them know that your attorney will be in touch with them shortly.
Hire a qualified Columbus car accident lawyer – To protect your rights and maximize your chances of obtaining full and fair compensation, contact our experienced and diligent car accident lawyers at Slater & Zurz.
What Damages Can I Recover in My Car Accident Claim?
If you have been injured due to someone’s negligent actions, you have a right to be compensated for your losses. Depending on the circumstances of your case, you may be able to receive damages for:
- Medical expenses
- The costs of your vehicle repair or replacement
- Lost wages
- The loss of future earning capacity
- Rehabilitation treatment, including physical therapy and occupational therapy
- Future medical care and treatment
- Pain and suffering
- Emotional trauma
- Compensation for impairment, disability, and disfigurement
- Loss of consortium
In severe cases, punitive damages may also be available to you. Punitive damages are typically awarded when the at-fault party was grossly negligent or acted intentionally.
Partially At-Fault Parties Can Still Pursue Damages in Ohio
Ohio courts follow a shared negligence model known as “modified comparative fault.” This means that an injured victim can still pursue compensation for their damages if they are found to be 50% or less at fault for the accident. However, their final settlement amount will be reduced by their percentage of fault. For instance, if you were awarded $100,000 in damages but you were found to be 25% at fault, your final compensation would be $75,000.
How much does it cost to hire a car accident lawyer in Columbus?
Many car accident injury victims don’t hire a lawyer right away because they are unsure what the fees are and can afford it. But at Slater & Zurz, we handle all of our car accident cases on a contingency fee basis. This means that there are no up-front fees, and we only get paid if we recover damages. If we successfully recover on your behalf, our fees are covered by a percentage of your settlement.
Will I need to go to court over a Columbus car accident claim?
Not necessarily. If the case is complex or a dispute over who is at fault, filing a lawsuit may be necessary, though most lawsuits settle favorably before ever going to court. During settlement negotiations with the at-fault party’s insurance company or attorney, our skilled attorneys will determine if going to court is needed to recover the maximum amount of compensation in your case.
How long do I have to file a car accident claim in Ohio?
In Ohio, you have a limited amount of time to take legal action. You have two years from the date of your injuries to file a claim. There are some exceptions to this rule, so even if it has been over two years since you were injured, it is still best to speak with a Columbus car accident lawyer about your case.
Do I need to talk to the insurance company?
Your attorney should handle all communication with your insurance company and the other parties’ insurance companies to ensure statements you make can’t be misunderstood or used against you. By communicating directly with the insurance companies, we can protect your rights and best interests and focus on getting better.
How our Columbus Car Accident Lawyers Can Help
It can be both frustrating and stressful to suffer serious injuries through no fault of your own. Fortunately, you do not have to go through this alone. We are here to help you every step of the way by:
- Providing you with a free, no-obligation consultation to answer any questions you have and provide you with honest, knowledgeable feedback
- Ensuring you receive the medical care you need to recover from your injuries.
- Keeping you informed of any developments in your case and is readily available to address any questions or concerns you may have throughout the process.
- Handling all communication with the at-fault party, their insurance company, or attorneys on your behalf
- Working with our team of experts to prove who is at fault and show the true nature and extent of your injuries.
- Skillfully negotiating to get you the maximum possible compensation for your injuries.
- If negotiations are unsuccessful, filing a lawsuit and skillfully advocating on your behalf at trial.
- Being there for you and your family as long as you need us, even after your case is resolved.
If you have been injured in a car crash and want to discuss a potential claim, schedule a free consultation with our experienced auto accident attorneys. You can reach our trusted legal team at 888.534.4850, or you can fill out our simple online form.