Brain injury and no-fault insurance law experts David Christensen and Sarah Stempky Kime of Christensen Law recently received the largest ever personal injury verdict in Michigan when a Wayne County jury awarded their client $17.8 million in damages after a serious car accident left her unable to live independently. After eight days of trial, the jury compensated the injured driver by awarding her damages on June 11, 2014 for lost wages, pain and suffering.

“The jury’s verdict made it possible for me to have closure, have a new outlook on my life, start the real healing process, let go of the anger and ultimately, allowed me to see the silver lining,” said Vaylma Dorado, the 36-year-old plaintiff in the trial.

On September 17, 2010, Dorado was rear ended by a cement truck on Telegraph Road. The driver of the truck was distracted, reading paperwork while driving 50 miles per hour. He ran into the back of Dorado’s vehicle while she was waiting to turn, driving her Volkswagen Jetta into a utility pole.

Because of the accident, Christensen’s client had to have three spinal fusion back surgeries, a hip fusion and shoulder surgery. Dorado now has a collection of screws and plates in her spine that causes her constant pain. She also suffered a significant traumatic brain injury (TBI). As a result, she is no longer able to work or live independently.

“Nothing that happened since the accident will restore our client’s health, but the money the jury awarded will ensure that she has the medical and professional care she needs so that financial concerns will no longer stand in the way of her continuing rehabilitation,” said David Christensen, founder of the firm.

Co-counsel Sarah Stempky Kime commented, “Thanks to the jury’s decision, our client can now focus on healing and adjusting to her new life-changing circumstances without the added anxiety of wondering how she would pay for the additional assistance she needs as a result of the accident.”

Christensen and Stempky Kime explained that the firm’s trial record is among the top 1 percent of trial attorneys nationwide. They believe that every case – large or small – must be carefully prepared for trial from day one and that their tenacious approach to personal injury case facts is responsible for their success in this and many other cases.

About Christensen Law

Christensen Law is a personal injury law firm that specializes in helping victims of automobile and truck accidents. For more info visit: https://www.davidchristensenlaw.com/

Founder David Christensen earned his law degree, with honors, as well as a Master’s Degree from the University of Michigan. Currently, he is Chairman of the Michigan Association for Justice’s no-fault committee. He testifies before the Michigan legislature and his expertise has led to appointment to key positions that affect the development of Michigan’s no-fault law. In 2012, Christensen was chosen as a “Leader in the Law” by Michigan Lawyer’s Weekly.

Attorney Sarah Stempky Kime graduated from Alma College and Michigan State University’s College of Law with a certificate in Trial Practice from the Trial Practice Institute. Stempky Kime has worked with David Christensen since 2010. Based on her success in a relatively young career, she was awarded the “Up and Coming Lawyers” award by Michigan Lawyer’s Weekly that is given to the top 25 attorneys in Michigan in their first 10 years of practice. She has also been named a “Super Lawyers Rising Star,” an award based upon the votes of other attorneys in her field.

Testimonials

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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