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We specialize in personal injury law and handle cases such as car accidents, slips and falls, workplace incidents and more. Our team provides personalized attention and develops strong legal strategies to get justice and compensation for our clients. Practice areas include motor vehicle accidents, medical malpractice, wrongful death, product liability, and premises liability. We are dedicated to helping those affected by the negligence of others.






When you or a loved one is injured in a car accident, it can be a major disruption in your life. Endless medical bills, physical pain and emotional stress can make daily life a struggle. Instead of focusing on recovering, you are worried about how to care for your family, whether you can return to work, and how you are going to afford the necessities of life.

At Zychowicz Law LLC, we understand fighting the insurance company and getting the compensation you deserve can be challenging, but you don’t have to do it alone. Our car accident attorneys have extensive experience, knowledge and skill in representing clients injured in motor vehicle accidents and negotiating with insurance companies.


Motorcyclists who are injured in traffic crashes may feel victimized again during the process of seeking compensation. Regardless of the facts, there is oftentimes the public perception that the motorcycle operators are inherently reckless. Sometimes the police report in accidents reflects this bias.  


The law office of Zychowicz Law LLC, provides the skilled legal advocacy to point the finger back at the auto driver whose error or inattention caused your injury accident or a loved one’s fatal crash. If fault is disputed, our attorneys work closely with accident reconstruction experts to help us prove what really happened. Our attorneys are skilled at investigating the facts surrounding the accident to reveal the truth and they excel at demonstrating the lasting physical, financial and personal impact of the client’s injury or permanent disability. 



Trial lawyer Michael Zychowicz has practiced in personal injury law for 30 years and has secured numerous favorable settlements and verdicts on behalf of motorcycle operators and passengers. He understands that most motorcyclists are alert and law-abiding drivers. He works to prove that the at-fault driver’s actions made the collision unavoidable such as:


  • Turning left into the path of a bike going straight 
  • Pulling out directly in the path of oncoming motorcycle 
  • Following too close and rear-ending a motorcyclist 
  • Changing lanes without looking 
  • Distracted driving (talking or texting on cell phone, i.e.) 


We are experienced in dealing with the serious and often catastrophic outcomes of motorcycle accidents, including brain injury, spinal cord damage, broken legs, and, facial disfigurement, eye injury, and severe “road rash” burns. Once the full extent of harm is documented, we seek comprehensive damages for the ongoing medical care, lost earning capacity, and pain and suffering. 


If you or a family member were injured in a motorcycle crash or four-wheeler accident, contact us immediately at 419-842-1166. We will explain your rights in a free consultation and explain how we will aggressively pursue the compensation you deserve.


Our attorneys pursue compensation for individuals injured due to the negligence of truck drivers, trucking companies and truck manufacturers.


If you have been injured in a truck accident in the state of Ohio you have some important decisions to make. A serious truck accident can change your life, so it is important to choose the right lawyer to help you through it. Getting the right truck accident lawyer makes all the difference. Our lawyers know that truck drivers are on the job for long periods of time without a break. This driver fatigue can result in a truck accident that causes pain and suffering to victims of an accident. 


The lawyers at Zychowicz Law LLC, have over 30 years of experience. They know what to look for and will help clients, like you, reach the best possible outcome after a truck accident. 



One of the biggest concerns of trucking companies is legal liability, which is why they maintain relationships with many lawyers. If they did not, they could be responsible for major legal costs. For this reason, the company will send representatives to the scene as soon as possible to gather evidence and try to create a case that protects them from liability. 


Mike Zychowicz, accident attorney will work diligently to gather the facts and show the full extent of your injuries. This could include the following: 


  • Driving accidents, particularly those caused by insufficient training 
  • Equipment issues like manufacturing errors or malfunctions 
  • Failure to comply with driving regulations 
  • Overloaded trailers or other loading issues 


Victims of truck accidents are oftentimes overwhelmed by medical bills, requests from insurances companies and the physical and emotional scars inflicted upon them. Zychowicz Law LLC, knows that when you are involved in a collision with a truck, you will need counsel and assistance at several points during your claim. You will get to know our staff and will feel comfortable calling and asking questions throughout the process. This will prove to be an important aspect of our representation of you. 



Tractor-trailers and other types of big trucks can cause brain damage and other catastrophic injuries even in minor accidents. Trucking companies have unique rules and regulations that can give rise to liability if they are broken. If you or a family member has been involved in a collision with a truck, it is important that you hire a law firm that is experienced in truck accidents so that you can be represented effectively. At Zychowicz Law LLC, our attorneys have secured substantial settlements and verdicts on behalf of clients in Northwest Ohio and Southeast Michigan. 


Call our Toledo office immediately at 419-842-1166 for a free consultation and aggressive representation. 


As the number of hand-held electronic devices increase, distracted driving accidents continue to rise. We fight for compensation for those injured due to people texting while driving or using phones or other electronic devices.



Texting while driving can lead to catastrophic accidents on the road, causing serious personal injuries and wrongful death. If you have been injured in a car accident caused by a distracted driver, you need a skilled personal injury lawyer to help you recover compensation for your injuries. It can be difficult to prove that the driver who caused your accident was texting. However, attorney Michael Zychowicz has more than 30 years of experience handling all types of car accident cases in Northwest Ohio and Southeast Michigan. He has the skill and resources to effectively investigate and pursue the compensation you deserve after your car accident with a distracted driver. 


Is it illegal to use a cell phone while driving in Ohio or Michigan? 

In select cities in Ohio, including Toledo, and throughout Michigan, text messaging while operating a motor vehicle is illegal. As a criminal charge, it can result in fines. However, if the driver’s distracted driving results in a car accident, the cost to the victims can be significant. At our car accident attorney firm, we thoroughly investigate the cause of your accident. We will work quickly to collect on-scene evidence, witness statements, cell phone records and other crucial evidence for your case. Working with medical experts and accident re-constructionists, we will aggressively pursue the medical expenses, lost wages and damages for pain and suffering you need and deserve.


If you believe texting while driving was the cause of your accident, contact a Toledo, Ohio car accident attorney at Zychowicz Law LLC, for a free case evaluation.


Pedestrians often have the right of way when they are hit by vehicles. If you were hit by a car while walking, we will work hard to get you the best possible compensation for your injuries.


On an average day in the United States, more than 150 people who are out walking, jogging or running for exercise are hit by cars. This number has gone up over the years as cell phones and other small electronics have become more common. Determining fault in a pedestrian-motor vehicle accident can sometimes be difficult. The insurance company of the driver will most likely suggest that the pedestrian was jaywalking or entered the roadway without looking. Unless the accident was caught on closed-circuit video, negligence can be difficult to prove. 



Most pedestrian-vehicle accidents are due to negligence on the part of the driver. Hand-held devices, displays built into dashboards and activity within the car all distract drivers away from the actual operation of the vehicle. Common causes of driver distraction include: 


  • Speeding 
  • Failing to yield the right of way 
  • Failing to check crosswalk before making a turn 
  • Texting or using a cellphone while driving 
  • Driving while under the influence of alcohol or drugs 
  • Eating, applying makeup or other distracting activities 

Ideally, if you are hit by a car while on foot, you would take pictures of the scene and talk to any witnesses who are present. Because of the severe nature of most injuries, this is not usually possible. That’s why you need an experienced attorney who will fight to get you the compensation you deserve. 


If you were struck by a car or truck while going through an intersection on foot, contact us now to set up an initial consultation to discuss your situation. Call 419-842-1166 or fill out our online contact form.


If your vehicle was hit by a drunk driver, we will fight to protect your rights and make sure you are compensated fairly.Drunk driving accidents are particularly tragic because they could have been prevented. If you have been injured or lost a loved one in an accident with a drunk driver, you need a skilled attorney to help you hold the drunk driver accountable for his or her illegal and negligent driving as well as recover compensation for your injuries. 


At Zychowicz Law LLC, we provide experienced legal counsel and aggressive representation to car accident victims in Northwest Ohio and Southeast Michigan. Whether you have lost a loved one and need help bringing a wrongful death claim or you have serious injuries after a collision with a drunk driver, we will fight to get you the compensation you need and deserve. 



Drunk driving is illegal and a drunk driver should be arrested, fined and penalized for their actions. In addition to criminal charges, however, you may be able to bring a claim against the driver for injuries caused by his or her negligence. Whether your accident occurred while you were crossing the street as a pedestrian, riding a bicycle or driving in your own car, we can help you pursue compensation for your injuries. Our firm has a record of notable verdicts and settlements in all types of motor vehicle accident cases. We will work to secure medical expenses, lost wages and damages for pain and suffering in your case. 



In addition to pursuing compensation from the driver and his or her insurance company, you may be able to bring a claim against the bar, restaurant or liquor store that served the drunk driver. Known as dram shop liability, you may have a claim if the business or bartender negligently served the driver. At our firm, we can help you determine if there is dram shop liability in your case and bring a case against all parties responsible for your injuries. 


To discuss your injuries with a skilled Toledo drunk driving accident lawyer at our firm, call us at 419-842-1166. We offer free case evaluations and there is no fee unless you collect compensation. 


Our firm has extensive experience representing bicyclists who have been hit by negligent and inattentive drivers. We understand the devastating injuries these accidents can cause.


Getting Compensation For Bicyclists Hit By Cars

The popularity of ToleGO bike and the University of Toledo’s Lime scooter sharing program have put more bikes and scooters on the roads than ever. While bicyclists and scooter riders should always be cautious when riding on streets and roads, they have the same rights as motor vehicle drivers. If a motor vehicle causes an accident when a cyclist or scooter rider is obeying the law, the driver is legally at fault. Even if there is no collision, the motor vehicle driver is responsible for compensating the accident victim. 


Injuries Common To Bike And Scooter Accidents 

Even when cyclists and scooter riders are wearing helmets and other protective gear, they are no match for cars and trucks. Many injuries can have lifelong complications, including chronic pain and paralysis. Even a motor vehicle traveling at relatively low speeds can cause traumatic or lethal injuries. 


Common injuries suffered in accidents with motor vehicles include: 


  • Concussions and other types of brain injuries 
  • Injuries to the face Injuries to the jaw and teeth 
  • Neck, back and spinal cord injuries 
  • Severe road rash and abrasions 
  • Foot and leg injuries 


If you were injured in an accident while riding a bike or scooter, the time to act is now. The longer you wait to file a claim, the harder it is to gather evidence and find witnesses to build your case. Contact us now by calling 419-842-1166 or filling out our online contact form.



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Why should I call an attorney ASAP?

By their nature, car accidents are unexpected and unpredictable. In the chaos and aftermath of an accident, you are suddenly faced with making decisions about insurance and health care that you never planned for or thought about before. Taking the wrong steps can have a huge impact on your future; signing a settlement with the insurance company before you have had time to determine the full extent of your injuries takes away your ability to get compensation. It’s always best to talk to an attorney before you sign anything. 


What should I do if I’m in a car accident?


  1. Stay as calm as possible. 
  2. Stop immediately, but do not get in the way of traffic. Warn other cars by using hazard lights, or warning triangles/flares if available. 
  3. Check for injuries. Your health is more important than car damages. If in doubt, call for an ambulance. 
  4. Call the police, even if the accident is minor. The police report may contain valuable information regarding your potential case. 
  5. Secure license numbers make and models of all cars involved. 
  6. Get information about the other drivers (and witnesses, if any). Including name, address, registration, and insurance. Try to establish a relationship if the owner of the vehicle, insurance policyholder and driver are different persons. 
  7. Attempt to make a rough drawing of the scene and position of vehicles. 
  8. If a camera is available, and conditions are safe, photographs may be extremely helpful. 
  9. Inform your insurance company of the accident immediately. 
  10. Limit conversation to the investigating police department. 
  11. Do not sign or say anything to insurance agents. Although gathering facts if very important, remember that ultimately investigation should be left to police officers and insurance companies.

The insurance company offered me a check right away. Would there be a problem if I accept?

Yes. The insurance company’s initial offer is usually an extremely low amount. This may not even be enough to cover your property damages or medical bills. Also, in regard to medical treatment, you may not even be done treating yet. If you accept an offer early, you (or your insurance company) will most likely be responsible for medical charges that occur after the acceptance.


How much is my car accident claim worth?

The value of a car accident claim varies widely based on the circumstances surrounding the accident. Factors involved in determining the value of an accident claim include, but are not limited to: 


  • The extent of the injuries suffered 
  • Damage done to the vehicle 
  • Wages lost due to the accident (if any) 
  • Ability to enjoy life after the accident 
  • Ability to work after the accident 

Our legal team investigates all aspects of an accident and consults with experts to calculate the value of an accident claim.


How long will it take to resolve my car accident claim?

Like the value of a claim, the length of time it takes to settle a claim varies depending on the circumstances of the accident. A typical claim takes anywhere from a few months to a few years to resolve. The main issues are the extent of your injuries, your economic losses and the willingness of the insurance company decides to play hardball fighting to avoid paying fair compensation.


If I was in an accident while driving for work, do I file a workers’ compensation claim or a personal injury claim?

Typically, if you are injured while performing a work duty (as either a driver or as a passenger), you would file a workers’ compensation claim and not a personal injury claim. Work duties include things such as making deliveries, transporting fellow employees or any other work-related travel that you are paid for.


The driver at fault does not have insurance. Do I have any options to recover damages?

Yes, there are options available to you. You can sue the at-fault party directly and make a claim for damages against your insurance policy which covers uninsured motorist cases. Contact Zychowicz Law LLC; we will help you decide on the best way to pursue your claim.


What should I do if I was just a passenger of the at-fault driver but still suffered injuries?

Give us a call. It may be more difficult when your family member or friend was at fault for an accident while you were just a person along for the ride, but you still have rights. We can discuss the options and decide on the best approach to handling this type of situation.




Boat accidents are often complex, and require the expertise of an attorney. Unlike auto accidents, operators of both boats involved in an accident can be found negligent. Our attorneys will advocate for the best possible settlement for you.


When someone is injured in a boating accident, a personal injury attorney is crucial in establishing that the injuries were caused by the negligence of another as opposed to a wave or other natural conditions. Boating accidents typically occur when someone’s boat 


  • is hit by another boat
  • is hit by the wake of another boat
  • hits a wave
  • hits a rock, land, or submerged object

In boating accidents that occur when two boats collide, both parties will be held at least partly liable. Therefore, injured parties involved in a boating accident between two boats would have a claim against the operators of both boats. If an operator is injured and was less than fifty percent responsible for the collision, a claim could be held against the operator of the other boat. Some exceptions in shared liability exist in favor of sailboat operators in the instance they are hit by a motorboat, as motorboats are required to stay out of the way of sailboats. An operator of a motorboat must also keep the wake of their boat away from sailboats.

Wakes and waves can cause severe injuries, especially when they are strong enough to knock passengers down, or even overboard. In these cases, an attorney can determine if another party was negligent by discovering factors such as:


  • whether the boat was being operated in a no-wake zone
  • whether the operator gave passengers adequate warning
  • if an operator created a reckless wake in a crowded area
  • if an operator was navigating cautiously or using a nautical chart at the time a boat collided with a rock or land
  • if an injury could have been prevented or mitigated by proper safety equipment
  • if an accident was caused by the operator’s negligence or to forces of nature

The law office of Zychowicz Law LLC, is experienced in handling boating cases, and is able to pinpoint another party’s negligence in the countless scenarios that can occur.



If you or a family member were injured in a boating accident, contact us immediately at 419-842-1166. We will explain your rights in a free consultation and explain how we will aggressively pursue the compensation you deserve.


The challenges of proving negligence and convincing insurance companies of your losses are significant barriers to your full compensation for a personal injury. An aggressive and proven personal injury attorney can provide the advice, representation, and support you need to secure compensation for your personal injuries. Personal injury claims can include both physical and/or emotional injury. Zychowicz Law LLC, has the experience to handle complex and catastrophic injuries. 

At Zychowicz Law LLC,  we can’t make promises or predictions about your case, but experience and past results count. You don’t want a lawyer with a “learning curve.” You don’t want a lawyer who will sell your claim short to avoid a trial. 


Accidents may cause injuries to the lumbar vertebrae (lower back), thoracic vertebrae (upper back), and cervical vertebrae (neck), as well as soft tissue or nerve damage.


Severe impact during an auto accident can cause numerous types of back injuries, and the aftermath may range from nagging chronic pain to life-altering disabilities. In any case, treatment costs can pile up quickly and may continue for years after the accident. Symptoms of back pain include, but are not limited to: 


  • Pain that extends from the lower back to the buttocks and upper thigh; in some cases, pain extends all the way to the toes 
  • Sharp pains in specific spots anywhere on the back, shoulders or neck 
  • Chronic or persistent spinal aches and stiffness 
  • Nagging pain in the middle or lower back that manifests after long periods of sitting or standing Discomfort or muscle spasms in the back while standing straight  

These symptoms could indicate one or more of these common back injuries suffered by car accident victims: 


  • Fractures 
  • Bone misalignment 
  • Disc injuries, such as bulging, herniated, protruding or ruptured disc 
  • Lumbar strain or sprain 
  • Spinal cord trauma 
  • Tissue damage  

If you are experiencing any of these symptoms after a car crash or any other accident, take the first step by seeking immediate medical attention to determine the extent of your injuries. 

When you seek medical help for your back injury following an auto accident, there are numerous detection options that you can typically expect, including: 


  • Computerized Tomography, also known as a CT scan. This is a method used for obtaining numerous images from inside the body. 
  • Magnetic Resonance Imaging, or MRI, utilizes radio wave pulses and magnetic fields to view organs and structural aspects of the body.
  • X-rays use radiation to view the internal structures of the body. 
  • EMG, or Electromyography, records electrical activity within the muscles. 
  • Myelography is radiographic examination used to study the spinal areas. 
  • SPECT, or Single-Photon Emission Computerized Tomography, is an imaging technique that uses gamma rays. 


Auto accident victims sometimes suffer back injuries that require surgery. 

Surgical treatment options for back injuries include: 


  • Spinal fusion: Also known as Arthrodesis, spinal fusion is a major surgery that entails one of two methods to join separated vertebrae in the lumbar region. Pieces of actual bone taken from a bone bank or from the patient’s own pelvic bone are grafted together, or a metal implant bridges the gap until new bone can grow in its place. 
  • Vertebroplasty: When an auto accident victim suffers spinal compression fractures, a doctor may order vertebroplasty. Patients undergoing this outpatient procedure have a type of surgical cement injected to the injured area to bring together broken or cracked vertebrae. 
  • Diskectomy: If an auto accident causes a herniated disc, the compression may cause moderate to severe nerve pain throughout the body. To alleviate the pressure on the nerves, a doctor may order a diskectomy. This entails removing the damaged portion of the disc. Typically, this is a minimally invasive surgery that involves small incisions. 
  • Artificial disc implant: This is a newer procedure that is intended to alleviate lower back pain caused by damaged or worn discs. A mechanical device is placed between injured discs to help the patient eventually regain range of motion.
  • Laminectomy: During this procedure (also called decompression), a surgeon removes the lamina, which is a portion of the vertebra located over to the spinal canal. This opens up space around and alleviates pressure on nerves. 


Free Consultation! Speak Directly With An Experienced Back Injury Lawyer at 419-842-1166 

The content on this page should not be interpreted as or substituted for professional medical advice. We are experienced in working with these injuries, but we are not doctors.


Injuries to the brain caused by accidents can include:


  • Concussions
  • Contusions
  • Penetrating injuries
  • Anoxic brain injuries


One of the most unfortunate injuries associated with auto accidents, falls and other types of accidents is TBI or traumatic brain injury. In general, TBI can mean a number of different types of impairment, but a simple definition is an alteration or impairment of the brain’s functioning due to a severe blow or jolt to the head. There is a wide range of severity associated with TBI. This can include anything from brief alterations or losses of consciousness to memory loss or amnesia. 

Individuals with severe TBI may experience major shifts in behavior or mood, extended bouts of confusion, and severely diminished nervous system functions. According to the American Congress of Rehabilitative Medicine, cases of mild or moderate TBI entail at least one of these symptoms: 


  • Loss of memory from the time immediately before or following the accident 
  • Any loss of consciousness 
  • Focal neurological deficits 
  • Altered mental state at the time of the accident, such as disorientation 

Mayo Clinic lists the following as symptoms of moderate to severe TBI: 


  • Prolonged periods of lost consciousness (even several hours) 
  • Persistent nausea or vomiting 
  • Trouble waking from sleep 
  • Seizures or convulsions 
  • Chronic or increasingly frequent headaches 
  • Dilated pupils (could be one or both eyes) 
  • Fluid drainage from ears or nose 
  • Diminished coordination 
  • Numbness in toes or fingers 

Victims suffering from TBI may experience noticeable changes in cognitive or behavioral functions, such as irritability, confusion, aggression or other unusual behavior, and slurred speech. Children suffering from TBI may begin eating less, act unusually irritable, become depressed or disengaged, lose interest in previously enjoyed activities or alter their sleep patterns. TBI, though it presents itself and affects people in different ways, can completely change an auto accident victim’s life. Additionally, family, spouses and friends may be affected by behavioral changes caused by a victim’s TBI. 



Head injuries are typically classified into one of two categories: open or closed. A closed head injury is one that causes trauma but without any skull penetration. Damage is internal and often caused by extremely fast head movement from sudden impact or blunt force. Examples of closed head injuries: 


  • Diffuse axonal injury – A type of traumatic brain injury (TBI), diffuse axonal injury occurs when the head suddenly jars or rotates. The skull moves quickly while the brain lags behind, which can cause structural damage and tearing. A sudden impact in an auto accident can cause an injury and may result in brain damage, coma or death. 


  • Concussion – Concussions are easily the most common type of brain injury. They may occur along with closed or open head injuries and present a wide range of symptoms and debilitating effects. When a person is injured in an auto accident, a blow to or sudden movement of the head may cause damage to cranial nerves and swollen blood vessels. The results may range from temporary dizziness and pain to years of symptoms from brain damage. Concussion victims may experience short spells of unconsciousness. 


  • Contusion – Contusions are essentially bruises on the brain that are usually caused by blows to the head. Severe contusions may require surgery for removal. 


  • Coup-contrecoup injury – Also called an acceleration/deceleration TBI, this injury occurs when a sudden stop or extreme acceleration forward causes the brain to slam into the inside of the skull. This can happen without any actual impact to the head. 


  • Hemorrhage – This refers to internal bleeding that occurs when a blood vessel ruptures inside the brain. 


  • Hematoma – When related to a TBI, hematoma refers to a swelling of blood within the tissues around the brain. 


Symptoms of a closed head injury may include: 


  • Dizziness or loss of consciousness 
  • Nausea/vomiting 
  • Persistent headaches 
  • Fluid leaking from ears or nose 
  • Speech and vision issues 
  • Changes in behavior/mood swings 

Closed head injuries can be difficult to pinpoint because they often present symptoms after the initial injury. 



Anyone who has suffered from a major headache or a migraine can tell you how debilitating they can be. In some cases, a car accident can cause injuries that result in severe and persistent headaches. These post-traumatic headaches can be life-altering for those suffering from them, and they may not manifest until days after the initial injury. Furthermore, the severity of the headaches may not be directly proportional to the severity of the auto accident; a seemingly minor collision can still result in serious headache problems. 


One of the obvious possible causes of post-traumatic headaches is a direct blow to the head during the accident. A perhaps less obvious cause is damage in the neck from a violent or sudden whipping movement. Damaged or pinched nerves in the neck or shoulders can cause persistent headaches, as well. 



Those who suffer headaches after an accident may experience them in different ways and levels of severity, whether it be a prolonged, dull pain, or sharp or tight pains. 


  • Tension headaches: These types of headaches come in the form of short bouts of pain and tension to week-long ordeals. Victims experience them at various intervals, but those who suffer the headaches for at least half of the time in a month are diagnosed with chronic tension headaches; anything less is considered episodic. Treatments for tension headaches include medication, relaxation therapy, cognitive therapy, massage, stretch exercises and heat applications. Source: Mayo Clinic 


  • Migraine: Migraines tend to affect women more than men, but they can affect anybody, and when they do strike, migraines can last from a few hours to several days. Migraines typically cause pain in any or several areas of the head simultaneously, and those who suffer may experience nausea or vomiting. Treatments for migraines include resting away from bright lights, using cold or hot compresses, medications, massages and nerve stimulation. Source: Mayo Clinic 


  • Post-traumatic headaches: Post-traumatic headaches are quite common following a traumatic brain injury, and they can resemble either migraine, tension headaches or both. The International Headache Society defines a post-traumatic headache (PTH) as a headache that develops within one full week of the initial injury or after the victim has regained consciousness. The headaches may vary widely in severity, but the effects are similar to both migraines and tension headaches, including nausea and dizziness. Some cases of PTH are treatable with anti-inflammatory medication, but severe cases may require stronger medication and physical therapy. Other treatment options for PTH include biofeedback and relaxation therapy, prescription pain medicines, nerve stimulation and behavioral therapy. Source: American Migraine Foundation 


Headaches following an accident may also indicate something more severe, such as an undetected brain injury. Victims who begin to suddenly experience headaches should seek medical help immediately. 


Get The Compensation You Deserve If you have questions about injuries, feel free to call one of our attorneys at Zychowicz Law LLC. The call and the advice are free at 419-842-1166. You can also send us a direct message through our online portal. 


The content on this page should not be interpreted as or substituted for professional medical advice. We are experienced in working with these injuries, but we are not doctors.


Leg injuries come in many different forms, such as a sprain, break, ACL injury or torn meniscus. During an auto accident, the leg can be broken in one or more of its three main bones: the femur, the tibia and the fibula. Additionally, auto accident victims may suffer from foot or ankle breaks. Severe sprains and muscle tears can be equally or even more debilitating than fractures, and victims of these injuries may feel the effects for the rest of their lives. 


  • Symptoms of the potentially debilitating leg, ankle or foot injuries include: 
  • Throbbing pain (maybe intermediate) 
  • Pain associated with certain physical activities (pain lessens when resting) 
  • Changes in physical appearance, such as swelling, bruising or deformities 
  • Difficulty walking or inability to bear weight on the injured leg, foot or ankle 
  • Wounds such as cuts or protrusion of bone fragments 


Source: Mayo Clinic 

Treatment options for leg injuries vary according to the specific type and severity of the injuries, but doctors may recommend surgery for some cases. Surgery may entail adding implants (wires, plates, screws or rods) to align broken bones and promote healing over time. Some breaks may require less invasive options, such as casts, braces or manual manipulation. However, even these options could result in difficulty performing daily activities and missed time at work. 


When the anterior cruciate ligament, or ACL, tears during an auto accident, the victim may face numerous symptoms that can make mobility difficult. The signs of an ACL injury may begin within hours of the initial injury; they include loud popping sounds when moving the leg or knee joint, swollen knee, significant pain around the knee and unstable knee joint (especially a “giving way” feeling). After an ACL injury, your doctor likely will order physical rehabilitation therapy, or in some cases, surgical reconstruction using another tendon from your leg. 


Another leg injury associated with auto accidents is a torn meniscus. This means that a piece of cartilage in your knee (between the femur and tibia) has twisted to the point of tearing. The meniscus serves as a cushion of sorts that keeps your knee joint stabilized. Usually, your doctor will order physical therapy sessions until you rebuild strength around the knee. You may also have to undergo a reparatory surgical procedure. 


The bursa is a sac of fluid in the knee that eases the tension on pressure points around bones and muscles in the knee. When one or more bursa become inflamed (such as after an auto accident impact), doctors diagnose the condition as bursitis in the knee. Symptoms include loss of mobility, pain and swelling. Doctors typically treat the condition by removing excess fluid, administering corticosteroid injections and ordering physical therapy. Surgery to remove the inflamed bursa is also necessary in some cases. 


For help now, call Zychowicz Law LLC, at 419-842-1166. The call and the advice are free.


Practically any type of injury caused by an auto accident can result in chronic pain, which is a permanent or long-term persistent injury. Injuries that result in chronic pain can be seriously life-altering, and those who suffer from chronic pain may face daily struggles well after completing initial treatments or procedures to treat the original injuries. 


The implications of chronic pain go well beyond the physical aspects, as well. Some research suggests that long-term chronic pain can actually cause chemical changes in the brain that can leave lasting cognitive and psychological damage. For example, an auto accident victim who suffers from chronic pain may also have to deal with depression caused by the persistent pain. A once-healthy person who now has to deal with the daily struggle of chronic pain may undergo severe changes in self-image and self-esteem. Work and other daily activities may become stressful or cumbersome. If chronic pain is causing insomnia, it can drastically alter the victim’s work and family life. 


Our experienced attorneys are well-trained on the debilitating effects of chronic pain caused by auto accidents. If you are suffering from an accident that was not your fault, you may be able to seek compensation for your pain. For help now, call Zychowicz Law LLC, at 419-842-1166. The call and the advice are free.


Countless cases have shown how severely auto accidents can impact the lives of the victims’ families. Often, it’s not just the person injured in the accident who suffers. Loss of consortium is applicable when the benefits of a family or spousal relationships – such as general affection or changes in sexual contact – are deprived as the result of a wrongful injury or death. If a person loses a spouse to a fatal auto accident, he or she can seek compensation based on loss of consortium. Furthermore, “loss of society and companionship” is related to loss of consortium. Loss of companionship deals with the negative effects that an auto accident can have on a relationship, but it deals more with the emotional and social aspects. 


For help now, call Zychowicz Law LLC, at 419-842-1166. The call and the advice are free.


Neck injuries come in many forms and cause different levels of debilitation. Neck injuries are often the unfortunate results of auto accidents because of the jarring impacts that occur when two or more vehicles collide. Common symptoms of neck injuries include: 


  • Trouble with balance 
  • Pain (including headaches) 
  • Limited or diminished movement 
  • A ringing sensation in the ears 
  • Fatigue and/or anxiety 
  • Nausea 
  • Insomnia 
  • Memory loss or diminished cognitive function 
  • Decreased concentration 
  • Numbness in extremities 

Depending on the exact nature of the injury, your doctor may order x-rays, an MRI, a CT scan or other types of imaging to diagnose your condition and assess treatment options. These tests typically are performed soon after the accident occurs – perhaps in the emergency room. Serious neck injuries may require surgery, such as fusion (joining vertebrae together), vertebroplasty (bone cement injections to add stability and repair fractures), laminectomy (removing bone to alleviate compression or pressure) and discectomy (herniated disc removal). 


While neck injuries may be common for auto accident victims, the severity and life-altering impact is anything but ordinary. You may experience prolonged recovery and miss significant time off work – in addition to medical bills, loss of activity time with friends and family, and overall pain and suffering. 


If your neck injury is the result of an auto accident, you may be entitled to compensation. For help now, call Toledo Auto Law at 419-842-1166.


Not all injuries caused by accidents are physical injuries. An unfortunate truth about traumatic accidents is that they can leave scars on victims that run deeper than physical wounds. Even those who were apparently uninjured physically during an accident can suffer from stress and mental trauma for a long time after the incident. These victims may be entitled to compensation for their psychiatric injuries. 

Common types of psychiatric injuries associated with traumatic accidents include: 


  • Acute stress disorder – Sometimes referred to as “mental shock,” its symptoms include emotional detachment, emptiness, numbness, nightmares, and other signs of psychological trauma for between two days and four weeks following the trigger event, such as a car accident. 


  • Adjustment disorder – After a loss, such as the death of a loved one or similar life-altering event, the victim experiences behavioral changes and severe mood swings; this can sometimes lead to suicidal thoughts or behavior. 


  • Post-traumatic stress disorder – Also known as PTSD, those who experience it undergoes a variety of issues following life-altering or shocking events, such as severe auto accidents. This includes a changed or warped “fight or flight” response, flashbacks to the traumatic event, nightmares, severe or persistent anxiety or “bad thoughts,” outbursts of anger, guilt or depression, or a feeling of detachment or mental numbness. 

Source: National Institutes of Health 


Occasionally, witnesses to horrific work accidents suffer from debilitating psychiatric injuries, as well, and they may experience some of the symptoms noted above. 



Auto accidents and work accidents often leave people out of work, unable to support their family and feeling tremendous anxiety. Victims may also continue to suffer from psychiatric wounds long after the physical wounds have healed. This may take the form of depression, social withdrawal, or excessive anger or irritability. Health insurance may or may not cover treatment for emotional injuries. In either case, you may be entitled to compensation for your injuries and the attorneys at Zychowicz Law LLC, can help you get the best possible compensation you deserve. 



Although it’s not always the first thing that comes to mind when you think of injuries caused by motor vehicle and work-related accidents, depression is often a serious and debilitating for people recovering from physical injuries. Symptoms of depression present themselves in various ways, including: 


  • Persistent feelings of sadness or emptiness
  • Unexplained crying spells 
  • Lack of pleasure or enjoyment in activities that normally produce joy 
  • Loss of appetite 
  • Trouble sleeping or consistently sleeping too much 
  • Becoming easily agitated or fidgety 
  • Decreased energy or fatigue 
  • Persistent feelings of guilt 
  • Lack of ability to concentrate or focus on tasks 
  • Inability to communicate effectively or articulate thoughts 
  • Thoughts that often drift to death or suicide 
  • Irritability over inconsequential matters 
  • The decrease in sex drive 


Source-Mayo Clinic


Typically, a psychiatrist diagnoses major depression. Methods to determine a diagnosis include physical and psychological evaluations. If you’ve been in an auto accident and are suffering from major depression as a result, you have options that could help you get your life back on track. This includes psychotherapy, inpatient or outpatient treatment programs, and antidepressant medications. Furthermore, doctors can order procedures to treat the neurological functions that trigger clinical depression. These methods include electroconvulsive therapy and procedures that stimulate the vagus nerve (X cranial nerve), the thalamus, the globus pallidus or smaller areas of the brain via transcranial magnetic stimulation. 


To speak with an injury lawyer now, call Zychowicz Law LLC, at 419-842-1166. We can answer all of your questions, and the call and the advice are free.



The term “fracture” refers to a break in any bone in the body. Auto accident victims commonly suffer fractures in their arms and legs, but some of the more severe types of fractures caused by auto accidents are in the back (spinal vertebrae). Fractured vertebrae are unfortunately quite common for victims of serious auto accidents. Vertebrae are extremely important because they protect the spinal cord, which is one of the primary centers of all the body’s functions. The spine also provides shape and support for a person’s body. 


The spine has three main sections: the cervical spine (neck area), the thoracic spine (middle of the back) and the lumbar spine (lower back). The six main types of spinal fractures (and fractures in some other parts of the body) related to auto accidents are: 


  • A transverse process fracture is a fracture often caused by an extreme blow to the back or excessive rotation of the spine. 


  • Compression fractures in the spine are often small fractures that may be mistaken for general back pain associated with aging or other factors. However, these injuries can be debilitating, as well. 


  • A comminuted fracture occurs when a spinal bone breaks apart into two or more fragments. 


  • An open fracture, also known as a compound fracture, means that one or more broken bones is displaced and pierces the skin or protrudes from the skin. This often occurs as the result of a sudden impact, such as those common in auto accidents. 


  • A closed fracture simply means the fractured bone does not break the skin. 


  • A displacement fracture happens when a bone breaks into at least two parts and the pieces become misaligned as a result. 


Treatment options for spinal fractures include: 


  • Physical therapy 
  • Medication and vitamin supplements 
  • Bracing Intermittent periods of rest 
  • Surgery such as vertebroplasty (bone cement injection) or spinal fusion 

Source: Spine-Health 


In addition to the spine, these types of fractures and others can occur in other parts of the body, such as the arms and legs. If you are suffering from fracture(s) after an auto accident, you could be facing large medical bills, time off work, limited mobility, and pain and suffering.


 For help now, call us at 419-842-1166. The call and the advice are free.


Burn injuries can result from a wide range of accidents, including car accidents, house fires, and workplace accidents. These injuries can vary widely in severity, and can be divided into three categories: first-degree, second-degree, and third-degree burns.

First-degree burns are the mildest type of burn injury, affecting only the outer layer of skin and causing redness, swelling, and pain. Second-degree burns are more severe, and can cause blistering, thickening of the skin, and considerable pain. Third-degree burns are the most severe type of burn, and can cause extensive damage to all layers of skin and even muscle and bone.

In addition to traditional thermal burns, victims may also suffer chemical burns from exposure to caustic substances, or electrical burns from contact with high-voltage electricity. Regardless of the type of burn injury, victims may require extensive medical treatment, including skin grafts, pain management, and rehabilitation. Victims of burn injuries caused by another party’s negligence may be able to pursue legal action to recover compensation for their medical expenses, lost wages, and pain and suffering.


Wrongful death claims arise for various reasons, including, but not limited to, car crashes, trucking crashes, product liability cases, and nursing home cases. At Zychowicz Law LLC, our attorneys are skilled and knowledgeable regarding wrongful death claims and are familiar with all aspects of handling these claims. Zychowicz Law LLC locates the proper party to recover against and builds each case individually based on the strengths of that particular case. 


Wrongful death claims arise when another person’s negligence or wrongful act causes the death of another. Wrongful death lawsuits operate under the theory that someone’s negligent or otherwise wrongful conduct caused another to die, thereby depriving the beneficiaries of that person’s estate to suffer a loss. Under Ohio law, a claim for wrongful death must be brought by the personal representative of the estate of the deceased person, for the benefit of certain beneficiaries of the deceased’s estate. 



Ohio law recognizes certain damages that can be recovered by a deceased person’s estate in a wrongful death claim. The collectible damages are the following: 


  • Loss of companionship 
  • Mental anguish 
  • Past medical expenses 
  • Loss of income 
  • Funeral and burial expenses 
  • Loss of consortium 
  • Loss of support 
  • Loss of benefits (pension, medical coverage, etc.) 
  • Loss of care 
  • General damages 
  • Punitive or exemplary damages 


It is important that you contact our office soon after the death of your family member. Insurance companies work diligently to defend these negligence claims, and the value of your wrongful death lawsuit depends on you retaining an experienced wrongful death attorney to fight for your rights. Our office provides a no-cost consultation so that you have the opportunity to meet us and ask us questions before hiring us. If you hire Zychowicz Law LLC, to represent you in a wrongful death claim you will have dedicated, an experienced law firm working on your behalf. 



Paying for the legal services of the highly experienced wrongful death lawyers at Zychowicz Law LLC, is easy because we work on a contingency basis. You will not have to write any checks at all. We receive a fee at the end of the lawsuit as a percentage of the settlement or verdict. And if we don’t win and recover for you, then you pay nothing. 


Call us today at 419-842-1166. We can answer all of your questions and help you recover from the tragic loss of a loved one.


Temporomandibular joint (TMJ) injuries occur where a person’s jawbone meets the skull’s temporal bones. This is a critical area for maintaining normal functions, as it controls movement associated with speaking and chewing.


Temporomandibular disorders (TMD) refer to problems associated with the facial muscles that control the TMJ. Symptoms of a TMJ or TMD injury include: 


  • Pain, tenderness or persistent aching around the ears or jaw area 
  • Problems chewing, talking or yawning 
  • A locking sensation or clicking sound around the jaw area 
  • Misaligned or uneven biting 


Either a doctor or a dentist may order tests to diagnose a TMJ injury; these tests typically include MRIs, CT scans or X-rays. Treatment options include prescription medication such as painkillers and muscle relaxants, steroid injections, movement/bite therapy (including a bite guard) and reparatory surgery or dental treatments. TMJ and TMD injuries can result from auto accidents that cause jarring or blows to the head, especially the jaw area. The effects of these injuries can range from dealing with nagging pain to making serious life changes, such as not eating solid foods. 


If you are suffering from this type of injury as the result of an auto accident, you may be eligible for compensation. For help now, call Zychowicz Law LLC, at 419-842-1166. The call and the advice are free.


Workplace accidents are not always covered by workers’ compensation. Even when they are, insurance companies don’t always offer a fair settlement. Insurance companies may deny claims or fail to approve claims in a timely manner, often causing unnecessary delays in scheduling surgery or expensive medical treatments. You may also be required to get an independent medical examination (IME) if the insurance company doesn’t agree with your disability rating. IME exams are notorious for coming back with much lower disability ratings than independent doctors. 

Preexisting conditions and receiving other government benefits may also result in a denied claim. If your ability to work was affected by a workplace accident and you are not getting fair compensation from the insurance company, it’s time to consider filing a third-party lawsuit in addition to your workers’ compensation claim.


Workplace accidents are not always covered by workers’ compensation. Even when they are, insurance companies don’t always offer a fair settlement. Insurance companies may deny claims or fail to approve claims in a timely manner, often causing unnecessary delays in scheduling surgery or expensive medical treatments. You may also be required to get an independent medical examination (IME) if the insurance company doesn’t agree with your disability rating. IME exams are notorious for coming back with much lower disability ratings than independent doctors. 


Preexisting conditions and receiving other government benefits may also result in a denied claim. If your ability to work was affected by a workplace accident and you are not getting fair compensation from the insurance company, it’s time to consider filing a third-party lawsuit in addition to your workers’ compensation claim.


When you file a third-party lawsuit, you can recover significantly more in damages than a workers’ compensation claim. Workers’ compensation claim awards are limited to only a portion of lost wages and medical expenses. A third-party lawsuit allows you to sue for all lost income, loss of future income, and damages for pain and suffering. 

The key difference between filing a workers’ compensation claim and a third-party lawsuit is proving negligence on the part of your employer. You will have to prove that you suffered a work-related injury because of negligence on the part of your company. In other words, you need to prove that your company either failed to maintain a safe environment or took an action that resulted in your injury.

  • Workers injured on the job in an accident caused by a drunk driver are entitled to collect workers’ compensation and sue the drunk driver. 
  • Any accident that happens on property not owned by your company while you are on the job may qualify for an additional lawsuit against the property owner. 
  • A third-party lawsuit can also be filed against a general contractor for construction site accidents. 
  • Third-party accidents can also be filed due to defective products and exposure to toxic substances on the job.


If you were injured on the job, contact us now to set up an initial consultation to discuss your situation. Call 419-842-1166 or fill out our online contact form.