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Were You Injured in a Car Accident?

Our attorneys will fight for full compensation for you

A car accident is much more than just a moment of pain. The lingering effects of an injury can have a significant effect on your quality of life. Under Ohio law, you’re entitled to compensation for what you’ve lost, but getting that compensation is an uphill battle. The insurance companies fight hard to pay as little as possible. We fight back.

The Columbus car accident injury lawyers at Mani Ellis & Layne, PLLC know how to take the fight to the insurance company. We take a hard line in negotiations, we’re always ready to go to trial, and our approach gets results. Schedule your free consultation at our Columbus office today.

We know the cost of a car accident injury

When two vehicles weighing thousands of pounds crash into each other, the effects on the human body can be serious. Too many car accidents cause life-altering injuries, and the road to recovery may be long. We represent victims of all types of injuries, including:

Concussions: A concussion is a mild traumatic brain injury (TBI) caused by blunt trauma to the brain. You may have a concussion from hitting your head on the dashboard, steering wheel, window, windshield, or another part of the vehicle. It’s not even necessary to hit your head on something, though; a sufficiently violent back and forth movement of the head can cause the brain to hit the inside of the skull.

Concussions may be mild brain injuries, but no brain injury is truly minor. They can cause lingering symptoms that affect your physical health, as well as your behavior and even personality. There’s also the risk of second impact syndrome, a potentially deadly condition if you sustain a second concussion before the first has healed. That’s why you need to get checked out by a doctor – and talk to an experienced lawyer.

Spinal cord injuries: The force of a car accident puts a great deal of pressure on the back and spine, and unfortunately, this can result in permanent damage to the spinal cord. Depending on the extent and location of the injury, you may have symptoms such as incontinence, pain, or weakness, or you may be permanently paralyzed.

A spinal cord injury can affect your ability to work and your overall quality of life. Victims may need extensive medical treatment, assistive devices, modifications to their homes and vehicles, and compensation for lost future earnings. We will fight for the full compensation you need to find your new path forward.

Broken bones: The force of impact in a car accident can break almost any bone in the body. The leg bones, even though they are quite strong, can be fractured when the car crumples around them. Broken arms, noses, ribs, and facial bones are also quite common.

Depending on the type of fracture, surgery may be needed to repair it, followed by a recovery time that can last weeks or months. During that time, you may not be able to work. You may also experience permanent weakness or lose range of movement in the affected area. Bone pain is intense, and your pain and suffering deserve compensation, too. We know how to get the evidence needed to pursue full compensation for a broken bone.

Knee injuries: When you’re in a seated position in a car, the knee can easily be forced into the dashboard or center console. Car accidents can cause damage to the ligaments in the knee, the cartilage that cushions the knee, the bones that make up the knee, or the surrounding muscle. Knee injuries can be quite painful, and the recovery time is often long.

Full compensation for a knee injury involves not only the immediate medical treatment, but also the long-term effects of the injury on your life. It may permanently affect your mobility and thus your independence. A knee injury today may also increase the risk of needing future knee replacement surgery. All those costs need to be accounted for in your claim.

Hip injuries: The hip is a complex ball-and-socket joint, and any damage to the socket or the surrounding bone can make it extremely difficult to move. When this happens in a car accident, the recovery time can stretch on for many months. During that time, your lifestyle may change substantially, and your ability to earn income may be permanently affected.

Hip injuries may require surgery to repair and assistive technologies, such as a walker, to get around. They also increase the risk of developing arthritis or needing hip replacement surgery down the road. We will investigate to determine the full effect the hip injury has had on your life and pursue full compensation for everything you’ve lost.

Shoulder injuries: When the force of impact is transferred through the steering wheel into your arm, the shoulder can easily be damaged. The shoulder has the largest range of motion of any joint in the body, and that range of motion is accomplished by a complex set of interconnected parts. Shoulder surgery is a difficult and involved procedure, and the recovery time is often quite long.

As a result of a shoulder injury, you may be out of work for some time, and you may need to take on lighter duties even after your return. Some shoulder injuries heal completely, but others may result in permanent loss of strength or range of motion. Such an injury can have a serious impact on your life, and you need a serious attorney to fight for fair compensation.

Whiplash: Most common in rear-end accidents, whiplash is a neck injury caused by violent forward and backward movement of the head. The neck experiences hyperextension and hyperflexion, which in turn can tear the ligaments that join the vertebrate together.

Whiplash is a painful injury, and while the pain usually heals after a few weeks, it can linger longer in some cases. It may also be a warning sign of a more serious injury, such as a concussion. Whether your injury is temporary or permanent, the ripple effects on your life are often substantial. We demand full compensation and build a case the insurance company can’t ignore.

We will fight for the full compensation you need for your injuries

If you’ve been hurt in a car accident, the consequences last long after the dust settles. You may need extensive and ongoing treatment, and you may have chronic pain or a permanent disability. Those are real costs that need to be paid for. The insurance company, though, sees your pain as just a threat to their bottom line, and they will do everything in their power to pay you as little as possible, or nothing at all. That’s why we fight so hard for victims.

Our legal team will thoroughly investigate your car accident to hold the responsible party accountable for your injuries. Once we’ve built a compelling case, we can negotiate with the insurance company from a position of strength. Usually, that means they offer a fair settlement. If they don’t, though, we are prepared to take them to court. We know Ohio law, and we know the judges and juries in Franklin County. We will go the distance to pursue full and fair compensation so you can rebuild your life.

It's important to act quickly, though, because time can weaken your case. Evidence disappears. Witnesses forget what they saw. Important legal deadlines expire. The sooner you talk to an experienced Columbus car accident attorney, the better. Contact us today for a free consultation. We’ll explain your legal options and help you identify your path forward.

Charleston, WV

Mani Ellis & Layne, PLLC
10 Hale St Suite 501
Charleston, WV 25301
Phone: (304) 720-1000

Columbus, OH

Mani Ellis & Layne, PLLC
20 E Broad St Suite 1000
Columbus, OH 43215
Phone: (614) 587-8423