Year: 2018

24 May by Steve M. Christensen

Knowledgeable Personal Injury Lawyer in South Dakota For Head and Back Injuries

When an accident results in head or back injuries, it is especially important to seek legal representation from a personal injury attorney with extensive experience negotiating settlements for accident victims with head or back injuries.

Head and back injuries present unique medical issues, and they often require long-term rehabilitative therapy before the victim of the head or back injuries can regain normal function. In the most serious cases of head or back injuries, the victim cannot, in fact, regain full pre-accident function.

For over 35 years, the Christensen Law Offices in Deadwood, South Dakota, has offered compassionate and thorough legal representation to accident victims in Western South Dakota and throughout the United States. We have significant experience representing accident victims suffering from a wide range of head, back and shoulder injuries:

  • Rotator cuff tears
  • Cervical sprains, or back sprains
  • Herniated or ruptured discs
  • Discogenic back pain
  • Bulging discs
  • Spinal fractures or other spinal cord injuries
  • Neck sprains
  • Partial paralysis, or paraplegia
  • Full paralysis, or quadriplegia
  • Concussions
  • Traumatic brain injuries (TBI) — mild, moderate or severe
  • Closed head injury
  • Temporary or permanent brain damage

Thorough analysis of the accident victim's current and future medical needs is essential in all cases involving head or back injuries. This is true no matter how these injuries occur:

  • Car accidents
  • Motorcycle accidents
  • Boating accidents
  • Snowmobile or ATV accidents
  • Slip and fall accidents
  • Workplace accidents
Our office works closely with medical experts, rehabilitation specialists and life care planners to construct a financial demand that accounts for all medical and rehabilitative needs our client will have as a result of the head or back injuries. The personal injury settlement (or workers' compensation claim) is your sole opportunity to get a financial recovery that will cover all your needs as a result of the accident that caused your injuries.

At the Christensen Law Offices, we treat our clients and their families with extreme compassion. At the same time, we take a tough negotiating stance to help our clients get the financial settlement they deserve after an accident causing head or back injuries.

We handle all personal injury cases on a contingency fee basis. You pay no attorney's fees unless we recover for you.

1 Apr by Steve M. Christensen

Experienced South Dakota Lawyer for Permanent Disability Workers’ Compensation Cases

The most serious type of workers' compensation claims are when a workplace accident results in such serious injuries that the worker is unable to return to work. In such cases, the workers' compensation claim is known as a permanent disability claim.

Because the permanent disability claim is usually the injured worker's only opportunity to obtain financial resources to replace a lifetime of lost wages, legal help from a knowledgeable workers' compensation attorney is critically important.

For over 35 years, the Christensen Law Offices, in Deadwood, has handled workers' compensation claims in work injury cases throughout South Dakota. The process of making a permanent disability claim and negotiating a fair resolution is extremely complex, and no injured worker is encouraged to go through the process without help from an experienced legal advocate.

In permanent disability workers' compensation cases, there are three main areas in which an experienced attorney can help you get a completely fair resolution:

Impairment rating: If an injury or illness results in permanent disability, your benefits will be computed by a formula using an impairment rating assigned by your doctor. Different ratings are assigned to different impairments such as paralysis, spinal cord injuries, loss of limb, and so forth. The rating your doctor assigns can have a tremendous impact on the level of benefits you receive. Your workers' compensation lawyer can communicate with your doctor about the impairment rating and can also file a summary rating reconsideration petition if the original impairment rating is unfair.

Vocational training: If your permanent disability prevents you from returning to your old job but you may be able to find employment in a different field, the workers' compensation system is required to provide you with funds for education or retraining. Your workers' compensation attorney can protect your rights during any negotiations about retraining.

Compromise and release: This is the term used to describe a final settlement of your permanent disability workers' compensation case. The word "commutation" is also sometimes used. In a compromise and release, the injured worker, the employer and the workers' compensation insurance company agree on a final lump-sum payment. The amount of this payment should be carefully negotiated with help from an experienced advocate.

Losing your ability to earn a living due to a workplace accident is a shocking and life-altering event. If this has happened to your family, turn to the Christensen Law Offices for practical legal advice and calm guidance as you go through the complex workers' compensation claims and appeals process.

17 Mar by Steve M. Christensen

Experienced South Dakota Criminal Defense Lawyer

When you have been charged with a crime, your whole life can change in an instant. The process can leave you feeling guilty simply for being charged. You may be uncertain what will happen next and afraid to say anything for fear it may be used against you. You need an experienced criminal defense attorney to help protect your constitutional rights.

At the Christensen Law Offices, we have represented criminal defendants throughout Western South Dakota, the Black Hills and the country for over 30 years. We also work with nonresidents who have been charged with a crime while attending the Sturgis Motorcycle Rally or vacationing in the area.

In our criminal defense practice, we represent individuals charged with a variety of crimes, including:

  • Driving under the influence/ driving while intoxicated
  • Drug possession
  • Drug distribution or sale
  • Possession of drug paraphernalia
  • Theft crimes, including
  • Burglary
  • Robbery
  • Obtaining property under false pretenses
  • Assault and battery
  • Juvenile offenses
  • Probation violation

With over 30 years of practice, we have handled hundreds criminal charges. Based on our experience, we can quickly evaluate your case, identify your options and determine the likely outcome given the offense and the court in which your case will be heard. We frequently take criminal matters to trial, challenging evidence and testimony in an effort to minimize the consequences of a conviction.

When you have been charged with a criminal violation, you can often feel alone, afraid and intimidated. We understand the feeling. At the Christensen Law Offices, we work closely with you to understand the unique circumstances of your situation and to help you know that your interests are being protected. We help you make good decisions based on knowledge and understanding, not on fear.