Frequently Asked Questions

How do you win an injury claim? How do you bring a claim to trial? How much can you get if you were in a hit-and-run car accident? Going through the claims process can be stressful and financially taxing. Hopefully, some of these answers will provide you with enough information to get you a head start.

Traditionally, there are 6 steps to most personal injury claims. The Dixon injury Firm has put together a number of articles that answer questions you may have about your specific case. Our steps include:

  1. Evaluating Your Case
  2. Gathering Evidence
  3. Establishing Liability
  4. Calculating Damages
  5. Negotiating Settlements
  6. Accepting and Rejecting Offers

Note that every case is different. Our FAQ is an attempt to give you an overview of how certain systems and situations work.

Disclaimer: The information contained within these pages is not formal legal advice. This is a guide, containing general practices about settling accident claims and lawsuits. If you have specific questions or would like a free case review and consultation, contact a local lawyer today.

Have You Suffered an Injury?

Have you or a family member been injured and think you might have a claim or lawsuit on your hands? Below, you’ll find a few of our quick answers as well as articles about personal injury claims, the legal process, how to win and fight claims, and more. You can contact

Do personal injury lawyers work on contingency?

Yes, personal injury attorneys work on contingency. You will only pay our attorney fees if we recover damages in your case. This fee arrangement ensures that personal injury lawyers fight to obtain reimbursement for all of our client’s harms and losses.

What types of accidents are considered personal injury?

Personal injury accidents are accidents in which injuries or deaths have occurred as a result of another’s carelessness, recklessness or intentional wrongdoing. The other person’s negligence may be the result of a car accident, truck accident or numerous other events.

At the Dixon Injury Firm, we specialize in a number of areas, including:

How long is the statute of limitations to file suit for a Missouri personal injury case?

The statute of limitations for Missouri personal injury cases varies based on the type of case. In general, most St. Louis personal injury cases resulting from negligent conduct (including motorcycle accidents, car accidents, and truck and tractor-trailer accidents) must be filed within five years of the incident in question. Please be advised that this is the general rule and special circumstances may apply.

What types of damages are available in a personal injury case?

In Missouri, injury victims are entitled to be reimbursed for all of their accident-related harms and losses. This includes past medical expenses, future medical expenses, lost wages, funeral expenses, loss of companionship, pain and suffering, loss of enjoyment of life, and others. Injuries affect everyone differently and each case presents its own unique set of circumstances. Our injury lawyers can help determine all of the financial damages which apply to your case.

If I am found guilty, do I still have a personal injury case?

If you are found to be at fault for a Missouri motorcycle accident, car accident or any other type of personal injury case, you will not be able to collect damages. If you are only partially at fault, however, you may be able to collect partial damages with the help of a St. Louis personal injury attorney.

In which geographic areas of Missouri does the Dixon Injury Firm handle personal injury cases?

St. Louis personal injury attorney Christopher Dixon handles cases all over Missouri and Illinois, including but not limited to the following areas: St. Louis, St. Louis County, Jefferson County, Lincoln County, St. Charles County, and Franklin County, in municipalities including Clayton, Maplewood, Richmond Heights, University City, Shrewsbury, Arnold, Des Peres, Chesterfield, Kirkwood, O’Fallon, St. Charles, St. Peters, Overland, Creve Coeur, Jennings, Manchester, Ballwin, Maryland Heights, Brentwood, Bridgeton, Glendale, Wildwood, Warson Woods, Town & Country, and Warrenton.

How much experience do you have practicing Missouri personal injury law?

St. Louis personal injury lawyer Christopher Dixon has been handling personal injury cases throughout his entire legal career. Missouri injury law requires a detailed knowledge of the intricacies of tort law. Focusing his practice solely on Missouri personal injuries, Christopher R. Dixon is able to provide injured victims a knowledgeable lawyer for their battle against large insurance corporations. Christopher R. Dixon has been recognized as a Top 100 Trial Lawyer in the State of Missouri by the National Trial Lawyers Association, as well as among their Top 40 Under 40. In addition, Chris is a Life-Time Member of the Million Dollar Advocates Forum for his outstanding results.

How much information do you need from me in order to get started?

It is best to file a Missouri personal injury lawsuit as quickly as possible, so please bring all medical records, medical bills, health information and any other relevant documents regarding your St. Louis personal injury case to your initial consultation.

On average, how long does it take before a settlement/trial is reached?

The average time it takes for a Missouri personal injury case to go to trial is one to two years; however, the time it takes to reach a settlement varies greatly from one case to the next. This is largely dependent on the injuries a person receives. Some cases are complete in 2-3 months, and others may take much longer depending on the circumstances.

If an appeal is made to my Missouri PI case, is that contingency as well?

Yes, although the percentage of the contingency fee is generally higher for appeals than it is for the initial filing.

The best way to begin your Missouri personal injury case is to call Christopher Dixon at (314) 409-7060 or 855-402-2747 (toll-free); e-mail him at

Have You Been In A Car Accident?

We’ve put together a seperate section for car accident-related cases. Visit our Car Accident FAQs to learn more about St. Louis and Illinois car accidents and how victims can get the most out of their settlements.

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