Auto Accidents

When you are involved in a serious automobile accident or any type of vehicular trauma, your life is thrown into turmoil. Suffering a significant personal injury because of a car accident is life-changing and affects you not only physically but emotionally and financially. The people you love are affected too when you find yourself unable to work, provide for your family, or enjoy the activities you once did.  Auto Accidents can change your life in an instant.

How Do You Know If You Have an Auto Accident Claim?
While you are undoubtedly in great misery because of your misfortune, proving that your quality of life has been negatively impacted by an auto accident is not always straightforward. So how do you know if you have a legitimate claim for pain and suffering damages?

Under Michigan law, there are several elements that must be fulfilled in order for you to file a claim:

  • Do you have auto insurance? Michigan law requires every driver to have automobile insurance on their vehicle. If you do not have insurance and you are involved in an auto accident, you cannot sue the at-fault driver for pain and suffering damages.
  • Can you prove your injury? If you do have auto insurance, then you must determine if your injury actually qualifies for pain and suffering damages. The injury must be serious, and it has to be objectively demonstrated and verified. This means that the evidence of your injury appears on an MRI or a CAT scan, or it’s something that can be felt and testified to by a doctor.
  • Does your injury negatively impact your life? The injuries you suffered in your car crash must affect your ability to live the life you were living. Can you work as you always have or has your work been interrupted because of pain, doctor’s appointments, or the need to take medical leave? Are you still able to enjoy your favorite recreational activities or has your indulgence in these pursuits been stunted because of the injuries you received in the car accident?

People don’t automatically “bounce back” after a car accident. The injuries you suffer can take months and even years to cure or correct and, for some individuals, the aftermath of an auto accident can be chronic and haunt them for the rest of their life.

If you are able to answer yes to the three elements above, then you may qualify for pain and suffering damages to compensate you for the loss to your quality of life.

Auto Accidents

What to Expect

Your motor vehicle collision breaks down into two cases under Michigan’s no-fault insurance system:

What to Expect from Your Auto Accident Claim

Your motor vehicle collision breaks down into two cases under Michigan’s no-fault insurance system:

First Party Claim: In the first party claim, we sue your car insurance provider for your medical expenses, as well as up to three years of lost wages and other valuable no-fault benefits. Find out more about First Party Claims.

Third Party Claim: In the third party claim, we bring a separate case against the person who is at fault for the car crash or their insurance company. This claim is for your pain and suffering and damages beyond what is covered by your own insurance. Find out more about Third Party Claims.

Pain and Suffering After Your Michigan Auto Accident

Why You Must Hire an Experienced Auto Accident Attorney

Even when the evidence is clear, it is not always easy to convince a court of the absolute need for compensation in an auto accident claim. For the many individuals who find themselves in the incredibly difficult situation of suffering with a traumatic brain injury after an auto accident, this is an even more challenging affliction to prove, even though this type of injury can ultimately be more agonizing than any obvious physical setbacks. David Christensen is an authority in the field of representing traumatic brain injury victims.

It is vital to choose an attorney who completely specializes in traffic accidents. You only get one chance to prove your case, and you will have to live with the outcome of your case forever if it is not handled properly. Do not trust your future to a general practice lawyer when the stakes are so high. At Christensen Law, we handle motor vehicle accident cases. We recognize the stress and upheaval that you and your family are dealing with and we are here to listen and handle every step of the claims process to help you get through this agonizing experience.

Christensen Law Gets Results in Auto Accidents Claims
Auto accident claims in Michigan require the expertise of a seasoned attorney. David Christensen is a personal injury lawyer who has served thousands of victims of auto accidents in his career of over two decades, achieving for them the kind of case results that their injuries deserve. Mr. Christensen will help you get the kind of compensation that reflects the seriousness of your situation and the adverse side effects that are the result of your car crash.

Christensen Law handles all kinds of accidents involving a motor vehicle, including:

An auto accident can change your life in an instant. Hire veteran Michigan auto accident attorney David Christensen who will make sure your trauma doesn’t negatively impact your world forever.


Everyone at Christensen Law was extremely friendly and very easy to work with. Whenever I had a question, they took the time to talk with me and explained everything thoroughly. They were also very quick to return phone calls. I would definitely recommend Christensen Law to anyone in need of a personal injury lawyer.

I suffered Traumatic Brain Injury when struck by a vehicle while walking. My recovery was a long uphill battle; I had little energy to expend on daily routines and even LESS on caring for my home and life. I wondered how I could continue into the future with the difficulties I faced.

I handed the baton off to David and Sarah of Christensen Law. They resolved the unique challenges of my case while buffering me from the opposing side’s onslaught. The case concluded successfully and to my satisfaction with minimal effort on my part.

To ease the burden of the load you carry, make the decision on your legal team today. You’re in the right place – all you have to do now is make the call.

Overall a professional, great team. Everyone knew me and my case. When I left a message, I got a quick reply. Sarah made me feel comfortable going into a courtroom, where I never had been before. Both David and Sarah are very knowledgeable with legal issues. I trusted everyone and am a satisfied client.

V. Watkins

I never knew attorneys could be so accessible and kind. They fought for me all the way to the end. They had to take my case to trial and they won me a great settlement. Now I have a secure future.


HH, Davison

I was treated very nicely and professionally with a lot of consideration and compassion for my disabilities suffered in a horrible car accident. Mr. Christensen and Sarah Stempky made sure I understood what was happening with my case and that everything was pulled together.

LG, Stockbridge

As an accident victim I had to have my leg amputated and I was in bad shape overall. David Christensen was a light in that experience. I ended up with an entire home modification to accommodate my disabilities. It was a very stubborn insurance company but David wouldn’t take no for an answer.

CB, Milford

If I had questions or worries Dave would address them with me because he knows what he is doing. I think the world of him. I felt he went above and beyond to turn a really bad situation around. I have hope now where before I felt powerless and miniscule and that these big insurance companies were just going to railroad me.

DT, Jackson

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