I would urge you to contact a personal injury attorney as they will consider taking the case on contingency, meaning they get a percentage of the judgment if it is successful. While MI is a no fault state, under the mini tort statute a person can be liable for damages to another's vehicle, and for serious bodily injury.
A party can also recover for special damages when there is serious physical injury; some attorneys will advise special damage requests to be approximately 3x the amount of wage loss, medical bills, rehab costs or any other economic loss except property damage.
If one decides to lower their claim to meet small claims' dollar limits, then one would need to bring proof of fault (ie police report), proof of damages (ie medical reports and bills); but since cracked ribs can be very painful and have a lengthy healing time, it is best to have a personal injury attorney review the case; and they can dismiss the small claims case and file in general civil iif it is determined that the plaintiff will be successful.
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