Columbus Personal Injury Lawyer
Helping the injured throughout Ohio
The average person, they say, is only one catastrophe away from losing everything. A serious personal injury can make it impossible to work and support yourself or your family, to help with household responsibilities, or to be an involved spouse or parent. It can leave you in chronic pain, or require years of medical treatments and rehabilitation. In some cases, an injury may be so catastrophic that it fundamentally changes who you are as a person. When that injury was caused by an act of negligence, you have legal options available to you.
At Soroka & Associates, LLC, we are prepared to go head-to-head with the insurance companies to pursue maximum recovery and help our clients restore their lives. Our Columbus personal injury lawyers prepare every case we take for a jury trial, and work with a team of field experts to help build a winning claim. Over the years, we have secured millions of dollars on behalf of our clients. Contact us today to get started.
How can we help?
- Which injury cases do you take?
- How can you help after a car, truck, or motorcycle accident in Columbus?
- How long do I have to file a personal injury lawsuit in Columbus?
- How much is my Columbus personal injury case worth?
- Do you have a personal injury attorney near me?
Which injury cases do you take?
Soroka & Associates focuses on catastrophic personal injury claims – the types of injuries that may take years to heal, if they ever do. We routinely handle claims involving:
- Traumatic brain injury (TBI) and brain damage. Few injuries are as life-altering as traumatic brain injuries. These cases are incredibly complex, especially because the true extent of the injury can take time to present. Our team represents clients who suffered a TBI as a result of blunt force trauma, vehicle accidents, and acts of violence, as well as carbon monoxide poisoning or drowning.
- Spinal cord injuries (SCI). Spinal cord damage is permanent in almost every circumstance, and can lead to varying degrees of paralysis. Along with a loss of mobility, victims offer suffer from a wide range of medical complications that can prove life-threatening. Even spinal trauma that does not affect the cord itself can require long-term medical care.
- Burn injuries. The most serious burn injuries can cause permanent scarring and disfigurement, and pose a risk of fatal complications like infections. Depending on the level of injury, you may need multiple surgeries.
- Child injuries. Children, like the elderly, are vulnerable in ways that young and middle-aged adults are not. A catastrophic injury could leave them developmentally delayed, or stunt their physical growth. They may require years of medical care, especially if they sustain brain damage or require a prosthesis.
- Traumatic amputation. Limb loss is a life-altering injury. If a limb sustains severe damage, surgeons may need to remove it in order to save a patient’s life. In some cases, like catastrophic vehicle accidents or construction site accidents, a person’s limb may be severed at the moment of impact.
The Columbus personal injury attorneys of Soroka & Associates can help you when someone else’s negligence is the root of your injury. This can include:
- Truck and auto accident claims. Motor vehicle claims of any kind can be complicated, but none more so than truck accident claims. The injuries they cause are often catastrophic, and many times they are fatal. Whether it is a driver, a trucking company, or another person or entity who is responsible for your injuries, let us help.
- Premises liability claims. Property owners owe their visitors a duty of care to keep them safe. Our team represents victims of dog bites, negligent security, sexual assault, and “attractive nuisance” claims like pool injuries.
- Product liability claims. Manufacturers, retailers, and distributors can be held liable if their products cause harm when they are used as intended, or if they fail to warn about the potential dangers. We handle claims involving consumer products, auto defects, dangerous medical devices, and dangerous drugs.
- Wrongful death. Losing a loved one is always difficult, but the trauma of the loss can be compounded when the cause was someone else’s negligence. In Ohio, you can claim damages through a wrongful death lawsuit as well as through a survival action; these two types of claims are usually filed in tandem.
In most personal injury cases, you will end up dealing with an insurance company. Insurance companies are interested in protecting their bottom line, so it would be a mistake to think that they will put your best interests first. The Columbus personal injury attorneys of Soroka & Associates are prepared to go head-to-head with the insurance companies to pursue maximum recovery and help our clients restore their lives. If the insurer acts in bad faith, we can represent you in a claim for that, too.
How can you help after a car, truck, or motorcycle accident in Columbus?
Of the almost 270,000 vehicle accidents in Ohio in 2021, as many as 63,000 of them led to injuries of varying degrees. The hospital expenses alone for these injuries can cost hundreds of thousands of dollars; add that to long-term care and an inability to work, and a vehicle crash can cost you everything.
At Soroka & Associates, we don’t believe you should be face financial hardships because of someone else’s negligence. We represent people who have been hurt in a wide array of accidents, including:
- Truck accidents
- Car accidents
- Motorcycle accidents
- Uber & Lyft accidents
- Distracted driver accidents
- Work zone accidents
- Bus accidents
- ATV accidents
- Pedestrian accidents
- Bicycle accidents
- UM/UIM claims
- Road defect claims
We work with a variety of field experts to investigate what happened, and use police reports, medical reports, and witness statements to build a case for your compensation.
How long do I have to file a personal injury lawsuit in Columbus?
The statute of limitations for personal injury claims is generally two years in Ohio, though exceptions may apply. For instance, that statute is tolled for children, which extends the time frame for victims under the age of 18. Claims against a government agency, on the other hand, typically have a much shorter time frame. The best thing you can do is contact a Columbus personal injury lawyer as soon as you know you are hurt, so we can get started on your claim.
Should I settle or should I or go to trial?
There are benefits and drawbacks to settlements and to litigation, and the decision about which route to pursue is yours to make. Settlements may be faster and less time-consuming, and for some people, that is enticing. But it is important to know that if you agree to a settlement right away and your injuries are more extensive and require more care – like additional surgeries or home health aides – you cannot go back and renegotiate for a larger award. For someone with a life-altering injury, a jury trial may be the only way to achieve true justice, and to ensure that the person or entity who caused your injuries cannot harm others in the same way.
Soroka & Associates prepares every personal injury case as though it were going to trial, because we believe it is better to be prepared. We have also found that insurance companies are more likely to negotiate in good faith, and start from a more just position, because they know we are willing and able to try cases. We will sit down and discuss your options with you, and offer you guidance about each path so you can make the right decision for you and your family.
How much is my Columbus personal injury case worth?
Every personal injury is different, and your award will be based on many factors. Without reviewing your medical records and the circumstances of the incident, we cannot know what a case may be worth – but we can say that in Ohio, you have the right to claim certain types of damages when you file a personal injury lawsuit. Those economic damages include:
- Medical expenses associated with your injuries, including travel expenses and future care
- Lost wages and loss of earning potential
- Property damage and out-of-pocket costs associated with the incident and/or injury
- Funeral and burial costs (if applicable in wrongful death claims)
Ohio law also provides for six types of non-economic damages, which the law calls “general damages” and which we refer to as “human damages.” They are:
- Physical pain
- Mental distress
- Loss of enjoyment of life
- Inability to perform ordinary activities
- Physical impairment
Injury victims may be entitled to compensation for each of these types of losses, not only for time since the accident, but also for the permanent effects of the trauma they sustain.
In some cases, you may also be entitled to punitive damages (also known as “exemplary damages”), which are designed to punish a wrongdoer. Punitive damages are not awarded in every case.
Ohio law caps non-economic damages and punitive damages but imposes no cap on economic damages. We can discuss what this means for you based on the circumstances of your case.
Do you have a personal injury attorney near me?
Soroka & Associates is located at 503 South Front Street, Suite 205 in Columbus. We are located near a parking deck, and are just blocks away from Rt. 23 and I-71. If you are too ill or injured to travel to us, we will make home and hospital visits, or set up a phone or video consultation.
Schedule a free consultation with a Columbus injury lawyer today
Dealing with a serious injury is hard; choosing the right lawyer shouldn’t be. Soroka & Associates offers comprehensive counsel to injury victims in and around Columbus and Central Ohio. Our initial consultations are always free. Please call 614-358-6525 or fill out our contact form to get started.