Detroit Personal Injury Lawyer
Detroit Personal Injury Lawyer
Recovering from a serious injury often means obtaining financial compensation from the negligent party for your losses and damages. Find out how to move forward with your claim by working with a Detroit personal injury lawyer.
Few events can create more confusion, stress, and frustration than suffering a serious injury in an accident caused by someone else’s negligence. Making the fullest recovery possible is inevitably going to require expensive medical care, and in a just world, you wouldn’t be expected to pay these bills. Your injuries might prevent you from working and earning an income anyway.
So what do you do in this situation? The good news is that you have legal options available for seeking the compensation you’re rightfully entitled to. However, successfully resolving a personal injury claim requires legal knowledge, practical experience, and perseverance. Obtaining full financial compensation can mean a long road, and you don’t want to travel it alone.
David Christensen Law can help you handle your catastrophic injury case in the most effective way possible. A Detroit personal injury lawyer from our firm will treat you like a person—not a case number—and our goal will be to help you rebuild your life by obtaining the comprehensive compensation your recovery requires.
Be Careful with the Insurance Company
As an accident victim, there are several considerations that you should be aware of, particularly in the immediate aftermath of your injury. Most importantly, you should know that if an insurance company is involved, they are not on your side—even if it’s your insurer. Insurance companies are infamous for lowballing settlement offers in the hope that you’ll accept and save them money. It’s a sad fact, but their profit margins are ultimately more important to them than compensating your losses.
Additionally, you can expect the at-fault party’s insurer to blame you for causing the accident. Because Michigan follows a modified comparative negligence law, the more fault that they can pin on you, the less compensation you’ll be able to recover—once again saving them money.
Under Michigan law, your compensation is reduced by your percentage of fault. This means that if you are awarded $100,000 in compensation, but the insurer successfully blames you for 40 percent of the negligence, you’ll only receive $60,000. And if you’re found to be 50 percent or more at fault, you’ll lose your right to compensation completely.
This makes it critical to work with a Detroit personal injury lawyer who can collect the necessary evidence to develop a case that clearly demonstrates how you weren’t responsible while proving that the other party was.
Does Your Case Qualify for a Personal Injury Claim?
Negligence is the key component in any personal injury claim. While there are a few exceptions, if your accident was caused by a negligent person, business, or government agency, you might have grounds to seek compensation for your damages.
Every Detroit personal injury lawyer from our firm has a wealth of experience handling a variety of case types, and we’ll be able to help you determine who was at fault, how strong your case is, and what it might be worth no matter what the circumstances of your injury were:
- Motor Vehicle Accidents – While Michigan’s no-fault insurance laws can complicate things, a car, semi-truck, motorcycle, bus, or boat accident can make you eligible to recover financial damages. This might be a no-fault claim with your own insurer or a claim against another driver, a pedestrian, or an external third party who was responsible. David Christensen Law obtained the largest trucking accident verdict in Michigan history ($17,900,000).
- Defective Products – Dangerous product defects take many forms, making product liability cases diverse. As long as you were injured while using a product as described, you might have grounds for a case. David Christensen Law has handled product liability cases ranging from a construction crane collapse to defective boats to defective coffee makers.
- Premises Liability – Property owners have a legal responsibility to address dangerous hazards that could harm visitors. This might be a vicious dog, an unstable stairwell, a slippery surface, or any number of other dangers.
- Workplace Accidents – While construction and utility workers are perhaps most at risk, anyone can get injured on the job. You might be able to get more than just workers comp if a third party contractor, passerby, malice, or willful negligence caused your work injury. David Christensen Law has obtained a record-setting recovery a telephone worker electrocuted on the job. We have successfully handled numerous electrocution cases.
- School Abuse – No one expects their children to come home from school suffering from some form of abuse. Whether what happened was sexual, physical, or emotional, you can hold the district responsible. David Christensen Law has successfully recovered settlements for victims of physical and sexual abuse at public and private schools.
Collecting Compensation for a Serious Injury
A Detroit personal injury lawyer from our office will make certain that you receive the full compensation you need to put your life back together and move on from the accident. We do this by evaluating all of the current losses that you have suffered and by working with your doctor to estimate what your future needs will be.
It doesn’t end there, however. You should also be compensated for how your quality of life has diminished. These non-economic damages might not be direct losses, but they shouldn’t go uncompensated.
For example, a traumatic brain injury can interfere with your ability to relate to others, greatly damaging your personal relationships. A paralyzing spinal injury can limit the physical activities you can enjoy. Even a simple broken bone can create immense emotional anguish by preventing you from working.
These are just a few of the damages and losses you might be able to consider in your injury claim:
- Medical expenses for treatments, surgeries, medication, and equipment
- Lost income through being unable to work, now and in the future
- Transportation expenses
- Pain and suffering
- Emotional distress
- Lost companionship and sexual function
- Lost enjoyment of life
Detroit Personal Injury FAQ
We know that experiencing a serious injury carries with it a number of questions and concerns. Your Detroit personal injury lawyer will be there to provide you with the information you need so that you can recover while enjoying peace of mind. Toward that end, we’ve provided answers to a few commonly asked questions below:
How long do I have to file a personal injury claim in Michigan?
Michigan has a three-year statute of limitations for personal injury claims. This time limit begins on the date that you were injured, although if your injury is delayed or wasn’t discovered immediately, it might begin on the discovery date. If you wait to file until after the time limit has passed, your case will be dismissed without being heard.
Can I sue a government agency for causing my injury?
Yes, you can seek compensation from a government entity for causing an accident through negligence. Michigan has special procedures and reduced timeframes that must be observed, however. To begin with, you must file notice of your injury claim against a state agency within six months, or within four months if the accident involved dangerous highway conditions or a public building.
Can I seek compensation if my family member died because of his or her injuries?
Michigan will allow certain relatives of a deceased accident victim to file what’s called a wrongful death claim. This is similar to a personal injury claim, and it essentially allows you to seek damages on behalf of your deceased loved one, as well as for the personal loss experienced by your family.
Connect with a Detroit Injury Lawyer
When you’ve been injured, you don’t want to take chances with the compensation that could restore your health and future wellbeing. Instead, let David Christensen Law help you through the legal process and onto the compensation you need and deserve.
You can schedule a free consultation with an experienced and knowledgeable Detroit personal injury lawyer by calling 248-213-4900 or by completing the contact form on this page.