If you seek legal assistance to recover fair compensation after a car accident, look no further than Christensen Law. Our firm has 30-plus years of personal injury experience we will put behind protecting your rights and financial future.
When you work with us, you can rest assured our Wyoming, MI, personal injury lawyers will do everything possible to maximize your claim for compensation while striving to relieve your legal burden. We handle your case so you can focus on healing and getting your life back on track.
Call us at 248-900-9000 for a free, no-obligation consultation.
We Fight for Car Accident Victims and Their Families
For our legal team, representing victims isn’t just a career. It’s a calling. We understand first-hand the challenges you face because we have assisted thousands of injured clients with their legal issues. We want to help you find personalized and creative solutions that ensure your car accident does not jeopardize your financial future.
We Will Help You Navigate Michigan’s No-Fault Insurance System
Michigan follows a No-Fault insurance model. Under this system, most motorists must carry personal injury protection (PIP) insurance. This coverage pays for medical expenses, lost wages, and replacement benefits after a wreck, no matter who or what caused the accident.
According to the Department of Insurance and Financial Services (DIFS), the state’s insurance laws underwent significant changes in July 2020. Motorists can now choose their PIP medical benefits limit. Most insured parties must have a minimum of $250,000 in medical coverage, but drivers can choose to purchase $500,000 in coverage or unlimited coverage.
Our Wyoming car accident lawyers will review your policy, prepare and file insurance paperwork, and assist with all aspects of your claim. We will negotiate for the maximum settlement possible up to your policy limit. If you do not have PIP, we can help you seek benefits through the Michigan Assigned Claims Plan (MACP).
We Will Pursue Compensatory Car Accident Damages From the Liable Party
Michigan also requires drivers to carry residual bodily injury liability insurance. This coverage pays for injuries and damages if they are legally responsible for a crash. If you have car accident losses exceeding your PIP, you might be able to seek compensation from the motorists who caused the collision.
Our Wyoming car accident attorneys will establish your right to step outside Michigan’s No-Fault system. We will prove that another party’s negligent actions led to your accident and seek fair compensation with a liability claim or personal injury lawsuit.
Recoverable Damages in a Wyoming, MI, Auto Accident
Every motor vehicle accident case is unique, and the compensation you can recover will depend on various factors, including your:
- Insurance and legal options
- The severity of your injuries
- The extent of your medical treatment
- The length of your recovery
In general, our car accident lawyers serving Wyoming, MI, will pursue the following damages:
- Medical expenses. We will fight to ensure your PIP insurance provides you with the medical coverage you deserve. If you exhaust your policy limits, we will seek additional medical costs from a liable party. Medical damages may include emergency transportation and services, surgeries, hospital and doctor’s fees, prescription drugs, medical devices and equipment, rehabilitation, physical therapy, and long-term nursing.
- Lost income. According to the DIFS, PIP will pay wage replacement benefits for up to three years if you cannot work due to a car accident injury. If you have a permanent or disabling injury that prevents you from returning to your previous job or forces you to leave the workforce, you can seek additional compensation for your lost future earning capacity with a personal injury claim or lawsuit.
- Pain and suffering. PIP does not provide awards for pain and suffering, also called non-economic damages. However, you can pursue these losses from a liable party. Compensation may include chronic pain, physical suffering, mental anguish, emotional distress, loss of enjoyment, and impaired quality of life.
- Death benefits/wrongful death compensation. If your loved one suffered a fatal injury, PIP will pay for accident-related medical care, funeral and burial expenses, and provide the deceased’s wage replacement benefits. If you have grounds for a lawsuit, our wrongful death attorneys can recover additional damages on behalf of your loved one’s estate and qualifying survivors. Awards may include economic losses not covered by PIP, loss of the deceased’s future financial support and services, and loss of your loved one’s care, companionship, and guidance.
- Punitive damages. In rare cases when a driver has acted with malice, intent to harm, or was grossly negligent, the court may order them to pay you punitive damages. Though awarded to the plaintiff, the intent of punitive damages is to punish the defendant for their behavior and deter future wrongdoing.
Our Law Firm Is Dedicated to Getting Maximum Compensation for Injured Clients
We want you to have the money you need to care for yourself and your family until you can get back on your feet. This means ensuring you receive every cent owed to you for your current expenses and your expected future costs. Because we prioritize successful resolutions over quickly closing cases, we prepare every claim for court and will not back down from a trial if necessary.
Our experience and tenacity have led to record-setting motor vehicle accident case results, including the following:
- A $17.8 million jury verdict (the largest ever personal injury verdict in Michigan’s history) for a woman who suffered catastrophic injuries in a construction vehicle truck accident
- A $9.5 million jury verdict for a motorcycle accident victim
- $4.197 million in non-economic damages for a college student who suffered injuries in a T-bone collision
- A $3.2 million settlement for a head-on collision accident resulting in severe injuries and a wrongful death
- A $2 million jury verdict for a construction worker injured in a rear-end collision resulting in whiplash injuries
- A $1.2 million jury verdict for a pedestrian accident victim
Call Christensen Law at 248-900-9000 to learn how our personal injury attorneys can help you secure the compensation you need and deserve. Consultations are always free and confidential.
Our Car Accident Attorneys Will Establish Crash Liability
Our personal injury law firm spares no resources to build a solid case for our clients. Our Wyoming, MI, car accident lawyers will do the following to prepare your insurance claim or lawsuit:
- Identify liable parties. We will investigate your crash, determine its cause, and identify who is responsible for covering your losses. Although many cases involve a negligent driver, others not at the accident scene may be responsible, including a driver’s employer, a property owner, or a government entity.
- Collect evidence. We will collect evidence to support your claim, including medical records, police reports, dashcam or surveillance video footage, eyewitness statements, photographs and debris from the accident scene, and expert testimony.
- Advocate for you. We will not allow insurance companies to intimidate or push our clients around. We will handle all case-related communications, review and reject lowball settlement offers, and protect you from bad-faith insurance tactics. We will also defend you against allegations that place blame on you to reduce the liable party’s financial responsibility.
Common Causes of Auto Accidents in Michigan
According to the Michigan State Police, more than 51,000 injury crashes and over 1,000 fatal accidents occurred statewide in 2022. Some of the leading causes of traffic collisions include the following:
- Failure to yield the right of way
- Improper lane use
- Improper passing
- Vehicles traveling over the centerline
- Drinking and driving
- Driving under the influence of drugs
- Reckless or careless driving
- Distracted driving
- Failure to obey traffic signs and signals
If a driver or another liable party’s negligent actions hurt you or your loved one, we will prove it and ensure they pay for their mistakes – not you or your family.
How Long Do You Have to File a Car Accident Lawsuit in Wyoming, MI?
Multiple legal deadlines may apply to your car accident. First, if you must sue an insurance provider for fair PIP compensation, you generally have one year from the accident date to file your case, according to Michigan Compiled Laws § 500.3145.
Second, if you can pursue compensation from the liable party, Michigan Compiled Laws § 600.5805 allows three years to file a personal injury or wrongful death lawsuit. The clock starts on the accident date or the date of your loved one’s death. If the statute of limitations expires before you take action, the court will likely refuse to hear your case.
Call Christensen Law to Start on Your Car Accident Case Today
Since 1991, Christensen Law has advocated for injured clients across Michigan. We know how important it is for victims to tell their stories, and we are here to listen and help you get financial justice. Because we do not want cost to be an obstacle, we offer free consultations and take cases on a contingency fee basis, meaning you pay nothing up front or out of pocket for our services.
Call our team 24/7 at 248-900-9000 for a free consultation with our Wyoming, Michigan, car accident lawyers. We can help you get started down the road to financial recovery today.