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20 Jun by Steve M. Christensen

Experienced Lawyer after South Dakota Car Accidents

Car accidents change lives forever. Even so-called "minor" car accidents can have major financial impact in terms of property damage, necessary medical expenses and lost wages due to time off work.

For more than 35 years, the Christensen Law Offices has represented South Dakota residents and visitors to the area who need legal help after a car accident. We have represented hundreds of clients in negotiating personal injury settlements with insurance companies and rental car agencies.

We negotiate with insurance companies to get full and fair settlements for car accident victims. The settlement amount you can realistically expect depends to a great extent on how serious the injuries were. Our office has extensive experience building strong cases on behalf of car accident victims with a wide range of injuries:

  • Concussion
  • Whiplash or other soft tissue injuries
  • Broken bones and fractures
  • Air bag injuries
  • Head and back injuries, including traumatic brain injury, herniated discs, and full or partial paralysis

We also file wrongful death claims on behalf of surviving family members in the sad event of a fatal car accident.

At the Christensen Law Offices, our goal is to make you feel at home in our offices as we process your car accident claim. If you are visiting South Dakota from out of state, we will treat you as if you were at home and do everything possible to decrease the inconvenience of having to handle a legal matter from out of state. For all our clients, we work to make our offices a safe place to discuss fears and come up with practical legal options that have the highest chance of bringing a full and fair financial settlement.

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

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.

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.