Experienced South Dakota Personal Injury Lawyer

17 Jan by Steve M. Christensen

Experienced South Dakota Personal Injury Lawyer

When you have suffered a serious personal injury, you want an experienced attorney to help you recover full and fair compensation for all your losses, including lost wages or income, the costs of physical therapy or rehabilitation and any medical expenses you incur. We can help you get your life back on track.

At the Christensen Law Offices, we have represented resident and non-resident victims of personal injury throughout Western South Dakota and the Black Hills for over 35 years. We know that personal injury often brings long-term change to your life. It can take you years to recover, but your financial needs are immediate.

We handle all types of personal injury claims, including those involving:

  • Motor vehicle accidents
  • Car accident injuries
  • Truck wrecks
  • Motorcycle accidents
  • Accidents involving pedestrians
  • Boating accidents
  • Animal attacks, including dog bites
  • Negligently maintained property
  • Slip and fall accidents
  • Premises liability cases
  • Dangerous and defective products

We also work with men and women throughout the area who have been injured in the workplace, whether the result is temporary or permanent disability.

We represent personal injury clients facing life-changing injuries such as head or back injuries, and we serve as legal counsel to individuals and families who have lost a loved one because of an accidental or wrongful death.

When you have been hurt by someone else's negligence, you may feel anxious and afraid. You may be unable to work or provide for yourself or your family. You may have mounting medical bills. You may be in constant pain.

We understand your concerns. At the Christensen Law Offices, our entire staff is committed to easing your anxiety during the process of resolving a personal injury case. Our office is a safe place where you know your interests are being protected. We are committed to helping you make good decisions based on knowledge and understanding, not on fear, and to helping you get full and fair compensation for all your losses.

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

28 Dec by Steve M. Christensen

Experienced South Dakota Motorcycle Accident Lawyer

At the Christensen Law Offices, we know that motorcycle accidents cause emotional suffering as well as physical pain and financial loss. We have represented resident and non-resident victims of personal injury throughout Western South Dakota and the Black Hills for over 30 years. We also work with residents and nonresidents who have been hurt while attending the Sturgis Motorcycle Rally or vacationing in Western South Dakota.

Because the most common types of motorcycle accidents involve a collision with a car or truck, the injuries suffered are often catastrophic. When the driver of an automobile fails to see a motorcycle, the ensuing crash can cause traumatic brain injury (TBI), spinal cord injury, paralysis and other serious injuries.

In 30 years of practice, we have handled all types of personal injury. We know how to establish liability and prove damages for even the most serious types of accidents.

If you have suffered serious injury in a motorcycle accident, you need an attorney who understands the culture of biking and the people who ride. At our offices, we know and understand bikers, and we work hard to protect their rights.

We have represented many nonresidents who have been injured while attending the Sturgis Cycle Rally. We also handle defense of criminal charges, including DUI/DWI, theft and assault, for out-of-state visitors attending the cycle rally or vacationing at one of the local casinos.

When you have suffered a serious personal injury in a bike crash, you can experience a lot of fear and anxiety. We understand the feeling. At the Christensen Law Offices, our entire staff is committed to easing your anxiety and providing a safe place where you know your interests are being protected. We are committed to helping you make good decisions based on knowledge and understanding, not on fear.

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

29 Nov by Steve M. Christensen

Experienced South Dakota Workers’ Compensation Attorney

When you have been hurt at work, you need a lawyer who is compassionate and understanding, but who will aggressively and methodically pursue justice on your behalf.

South Dakota's workers' compensation laws are complex, and there is a rigid procedure that must be followed in order to get maximum compensation for your financial losses after a workplace injury. You need an experienced workers' compensation attorney who will help you navigate the workers' comp system quickly and get your claim approved.

At the Christensen Law Offices, we have over 35 years of experience representing injured workers in Western South Dakota and the Black Hills. We understand the South Dakota workers' compensation laws and can help you recover the money you need to take care of yourself and your family.

Workers' Compensation Versus Personal Injury Lawsuits The South Dakota workers' compensation laws treat a workplace injury differently than other types of personal injury. If you have been injured at work, the only way to recover money for your losses is by making a workers' compensation claim. Furthermore, the workers' compensation law identifies the amount you will receive, based on the specific type of injury.

As an example, temporary disability cases are treated differently than permanent disability cases under the workers' compensation system. In general, there is less room to maneuver and negotiate in a workers' compensation case than there may be in a personal injury case based on a non-workplace injury.

The South Dakota Workers' Compensation Process: Why a Lawyer Is Important Don't make the mistake of thinking that your injuries are obvious and that all you need to do is fill out a form to recover for your workplace injury. The process for filing a workers' compensation claim is complex and can be confusing. Your claim can be challenged on many grounds. Your employer may argue that the injury was not work-related or that you had the medical condition before you started your employment. Or, your workers' compensation claim may be approved, but with work restrictions that make it hard to get hired anywhere else.

When you have been injured on the job, you may feel frightened and frustrated. You want to go back to work, but fear you may never be able to go back. You worry that you may lose your job or be reassigned when you return. We understand your concerns.

At the Christensen Law Offices, our entire staff is committed to easing your anxiety and providing a safe place where you know your interests are being protected. We want to help you make good decisions based on practical information and an understanding of the consequences of different options.