The Columbia personal injury lawyers at Rikard & Protopapas represent victims of accidents, wrongdoing, and fraud. If you have a case, you may receive monetary compensation through a personal injury claim.
When we represent you, your compensation is our priority. Our hard work can be a critical part of the healing process, and your financial compensation can assist you in meeting the challenges you’re facing.
Our Columbia personal injury attorneys are leaders in litigation with a track record of success. Contact us immediately to discuss your situation, and so that we can begin working on your case.
Columbia, SC Attorneys for Personal Injury Victims
The Rikard & Protopapas team takes on personal injury cases in Columbia, SC, and throughout the state of South Carolina. We have successfully recovered tens of millions of dollars for our clients.
When you’re the victim of personal injury or you have been taken advantage of, we know that it’s about your compensation for what you have lost. The financial payment that you receive represents justice. It’s also what you need to navigate the challenge of what has happened to you.
Talk to our lawyers for personal injury in Columbia, SC. We are a large and fully resourced team. See how our personalized approach can work for you and start your case today.
To Us, It’s About Your Compensation
When we represent you, we know what matters — your compensation. To achieve success, we personalize a plan for your case. Our team investigates your matter, uses legal procedures to build your case, and relies on our courtroom experience to represent you at hearings, mediation, and trials. Each case receives a customized strategy, and we communicate with you throughout the case.
By the numbers, we have:
- 10 attorneys and a full support staff to meet your needs
- 119 years of combined experience
- 1,600 trusted clients
- A 97% success rate (we take tough cases – and win!)
- $100 million in recent settlements and verdicts
At Rikard & Protopapas, we never lose sight of what’s important – results for you. For a personalized evaluation, contact us. Our Columbia personal injury lawyers can review your information and determine the best way to proceed.
Cases We Handle
Rikard & Protopapas is a leader in medical malpractice litigation with a track record of success. We understand the process, the litigation, and the compensation that you deserve. Learn about our experience, our achievements in this area of the law, and how we can represent you.
Car accident victims often receive far too little compensation. Future damages and non-economic losses may be claimed, but victims often don’t know what their case is worth or how to go about it. We handle all aspects of car accident claims, seeking to maximize your compensation.
Motorcycle accident victims often have severe injuries. They have the right to full damages under the law. We evaluate all possible types and sources of compensation.
Pedestrian accident victims may seek compensation based on negligence, reckless driving, and intentional acts of harm. Damages may include medical bills, lost income, pain and suffering, future damages, and more.
When catastrophic injuries occur, a victim needs legal representation that looks toward the future. We make sure your claim includes losses and care needs that are likely in the years to come. We dutifully build the evidence to prove your right to compensation.
Families may seek compensation for financial, emotional, and personal loss following a fatal accident, or intentional act of harm. A spouse, children, parents, and heirs may benefit from this type of claim. Our team knows the challenges of pursuing a wrongful death claim, and we’re ready to prepare and pursue your case.
Suffering a birth injury may change a life forever when it has only just begun. We know the legal standards for compensation and how important this is for your child. Let our birth injury lawyers advocate for your child.
Nursing home abuse
When nursing home abuse causes physical, mental, and emotional suffering, offenders should be held accountable through a claim for compensation. Our team understands that victims often can’t speak for themselves. We’re legal representatives for nursing home abuse victims.
Investment and securities fraud
Have you been harmed by investment and securities fraud? It’s illegal, and we take it seriously. See how our South Carolina investment fraud attorneys can help you receive financial justice against your investment firm or broker.
Do I Have a Personal Injury Claim?
A personal injury claim is an injury that is someone else’s fault, legally. Often, the person responsible didn’t mean to hurt the victim on purpose. Even if you’re hurt in an accident, you shouldn’t have to bear the losses without compensation. The person with legal fault should pay.
A personal injury claim can be based on negligence, which is any conduct or omission that falls below a standard of reasonable care. A claim can also be based on recklessness or an intentional act. If someone else caused the injury or harm, you should be compensated. Many claims are paid through insurance policies. We understand the laws for victims to receive financial relief. We look at all possibilities that may benefit you.
In addition to injury claims, we also handle investment and securities fraud.
Legal Representation for Personal Injuries
When you have legal representation for your personal injury, you have a representative who:
- Knows the law
- Understands how to pursue a case
- Is a trained and experienced advocate
- Can handle the insurance company and other parties on your behalf
- Addresses unique issues for your specific case
- Guides you through the legal process
We are a full-service team of talented legal professionals. We get results. To see how we can get results for you, contact us to talk about your situation.
Why Choose Our Experienced Team?
Here are some reasons to choose the Rikard & Protopapas Columbia personal injury lawyers:
- A large team of ten lawyers and support staff. We have the experienced professionals to handle the issues present in your case, and a large team to ensure your case receives the attention it deserves.
- Our large team has thorough and diverse experience. We’re admitted in South Carolina courts, the U.S. District Court, District of South Carolina, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit, and even the United States Supreme Court. Wherever your case takes us, we’re here to serve you.
- From our offices in Columbia, SC, we handle claims throughout the area. We handle many types of injury claims and situations where someone has been defrauded, cheated, or wronged.
- Success for you is our main priority. Along the way, we’ve earned honors like the AV® Preeminent rating, Top Attorney and Top-Rated Personal Injury Attorney from Columbia Living Magazine, and Top-Rated Medical Malpractice Attorney, Security Litigation Attorney, Professional Liability Attorney, and Rising Star from Super Lawyers. We’re proud of our achievements in getting successful results for our clients.
- Our professional memberships reflect our mission. We’re members of the South Carolina Association for Justice, the Richland County Bar Association, the American Association of Justice, the Public Investors Advocate Bar Association, and the American Association for Justice Nursing Home Litigation Group.
For each client we represent, case preparation is key. We know the goal – your compensation for your loss – and we know what it takes – the diligent pursuit of your case, relying on our skills, resources, and experience. To see how we may assist you, contact us.
We are located at 2110 N Beltline Blvd Columbia, SC 29204, across the street from the Richland Mall.
Our building is a white, single-story building, and there is parking right in front of the building. Our logo – Rikard + Protopapas – is on the left corner of the building.
You can turn into our offices from N. Beltline Blvd. It is a two-way street, and there is no median. From Chateau Dr., the alley goes through to the back of our building. There is a dentist office in a brick building next to us to the north.
Beltline Blvd. is South Carolina Highway 16 (SC-16). It runs in the shape of a reverse “C” around the east of Columbia. SC-16 intersects with U.S. 378 at Fort Jackson Blvd. It also intersects with U.S. Route 1 (Two Notch Road). You can also take SC-12 out of downtown Columbia and then turn south on SC-16, N. Beltline Blvd.
By public transit
The COMET bus route 88 – Beltline Crosstown stops near our offices at the mall entrance in front of Barnes & Noble. In addition, you can take route 701 east on Forest Drive/SC-12. Get off at the Beltline Blvd. stop and walk south.
Virtual consultations, at home, the hospital, or a nursing home
Personal injury claims are about injuries. Our clients are often hurt and suffering. If coming to our offices isn’t practical, we can meet you at the hospital, at home, at a nursing home, or somewhere else. Virtual consultations are available.
Hospitals and Emergency Health Services in Columbia, SC
5 Richland Medical Park Drive
Columbia, SC 29203
171 Ashley Avenue
Charleston, SC 29425
Taylor at Marion St.
Columbia, SC 29220
2720 Sunset Boulevard
West Columbia, SC 29169
6439 Garners Ferry Road
Columbia, SC 29209-1638
Where Do Personal Injury Cases Go to Court in Columbia, SC?
Each county in South Carolina operates its own Circuit Court. County courts are grouped into circuits throughout the state. Most of Columbia is in Richland County, which is part of the Fifth Circuit along with Kershaw County. Most personal injury claims that occur in Columbia will be heard in the Richland County Court.
Part of Columbia is in Lexington County. Personal injury claims in Lexington County may be heard in their Circuit Court which is part of the Eleventh Circuit with McCormick, Edgefield, and Saluda Counties.
Civil claims up to $7,500 may be heard in Magistrate Courts. In addition, depending on the type of case you have, the law, and the parties involved, it may be appropriate to bring your case in a federal court or through an administrative process. Federally, Columbia is part of the United States District Court for the District of South Carolina.
Our lawyers evaluate jurisdiction and venue and determine the appropriate place to file your case.
Talk to a Personal Injury Lawyer Now
You may have a very short window to act!
If you have been hurt or harmed, don’t wait to talk to our Columbia personal injury lawyers. Sometimes, the window to act is only a few months. If you miss the time window, it may be impossible to receive compensation.
The sooner you talk to us, the sooner we can start your case, and ensure that you meet deadlines. Talk to a lawyer today at Rikard & Protopapas, Columbia personal injury lawyers.
Free Consultations and Contingency Fees
The initial contact with our law firm is free of charge. At your consultation, we review your information and talk about your case. There’s never a charge to contact us and talk things over.
For clients we represent, we use several fee structures including contingency fee agreements. Our fee arrangements are flexible to meet your needs. Our fee agreements are clear and always in writing. Ask us for more information.
What to expect from a legal consultation
A legal consultation is your opportunity to learn about your case and meet the lawyers who can represent you. We’ll explain the law, get to know you, and learn about the events that brought you to contact us. Bring any information or questions that you think might be helpful as we discuss your situation and your options. There’s no obligation, and at Rikard & Protopapas, we don’t charge for initial consultations.
Contact Us Now About Your Personal Injury Case
The Columbia personal injury lawyers at Rikard & Protopapas are available to hear about your case. Contact us now.
We want you to receive the monetary payment that represents justice in your case. Our team of experienced lawyers can represent you, protecting your rights and focusing on the results that matter.
Call us, send a message, or come to our offices. We look forward to speaking with you.