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At Rikard & Protopapas, we believe our work can be a crucial part of your healing process. Helping to secure a meaningful future for those who have been injured or taken advantage of is what we do and we do it well.

If you have suffered an injury or financial loss, please contact our experienced team of attorneys. Unfortunately, most of our clients seek our services when the worst possible event has happened in their lives or to their business. Because of that, we are keenly aware that our clients depend on us and our attorneys work to formulate a plan for each client matter that is meant to get the best possible results for our clients with a personalized approach to each case.

We will help you understand your legal options and the best strategies to maximize any potential recovery. It will not cost you anything to speak to one of our talented professionals to see if we can help.

Experienced Personal Injury Attorneys

Rikard & Protopapas are here for you

The experienced personal injury attorneys at Rikard & Protopapas know that taking on tragedy is never easy. Severe injuries or the loss of a loved on caused by the negligent acts of others can change lives and leave families in turmoil. Helping clients address these challenges and meeting them head on is why we formed this law firm. We are here to help you navigate these difficult situations. If you need help, contact us immediately. We will help you understand your legal rights and find a solution that works best for you and your family.

Rikard & Protopapas focuses on complex cases such as medical malpractice, nursing home abuse, investment losses, trucking accidents, and business litigation. We have successfully recovered millions of dollars for clients killed or seriously injured due to dangerous products, distracted drivers, and negligent investment advice. The experienced injury attorneys at Rikard & Protopapas are ready to fight for you. Please call us today.

Why Rikard & Protopapas?

Years of Experience
Trusted Clients
Success With Cases
In Recent Verdicts and Settlements
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Our Firm

Prior to creating our firm, Robert Rikard and Peter Protopapas experienced the one-dimensional case management process that occurs in most law firms. With hopes of offering a different experience, they joined together and established a renewed level of service for their clients. Our team of professionals comes from many different areas of the law, but our passion for providing a personalized, thoughtful experience for each client unites our firm.

We are trusted advisors and will work with you and your family or business to develop substantive relationships that ensure desirable outcomes for you and your loved ones. At Rikard & Protopapas, LLC, we bring years of experience and dedication to help you and your family when you are facing the worst event that has ever happened to you, your, business, or your family.

You can pass your burden to us and know that we will always be there for you. When you retain Rikard & Protopapas, you are not just hiring lawyers, you are hiring an entire firm dedicated to providing the best results that can be achieved for you.

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

Medical malpractice

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 accidents

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 accidents

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 accidents

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.

Catastrophic injuries

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.

Wrongful death

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.

Birth injuries

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.

By car

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

Prisma Health Richland Hospital

5 Richland Medical Park Drive

Columbia, SC 29203

MUSC – Medical University of South Carolina

171 Ashley Avenue

Charleston, SC 29425

Prisma Health Baptist Hospital

Taylor at Marion St.

Marion Street

Columbia, SC 29220

Lexington Medical Center

2720 Sunset Boulevard

West Columbia, SC 29169

Wm. Jennings Bryan Dorn Department of Veterans Affairs Medical Center

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.

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*The initial contact with our firm is free of charge. Once we review your information, we determine how to best proceed regarding your potential case. We offer several fee structures with many cases we handle being a contingency fee contract. That means we do not get paid until and unless our client makes a recovery. Generally, our fees will be a percentage of any recovery, and that percentage is computed before deducting expenses. Typically, the expenses are deducted from the settlement and reimburses our firm for any advanced expenses. Each matter is on a case-by-case basis and the fee structure is disclosed in writing if we proceed with your potential claim. We also represent clients on an hourly basis. By providing your phone number, you agree to receive text messages from Rikard & Protopapas. Message and data rates may apply. Message frequency varies.

In any circumstance, the full details of the fee and cost agreement will be explained in detail and in a written fee agreement before we begin pursuing the potential claim.

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