St. Louis Injury Claims Lawyers
Dixon Injury Firm provides professional and experienced legal counsel for St. Louis and Missouri clients.
Caps On Non-Economic Damages For Medical Malpractice
An action against a health care provider for personal injury or death has some restrictions. Missouri Statutes Section 538.210 says that in such a lawsuit any non-economic damages are capped at about $400,000 for “non catastrophic” injuries and $700,000 for “catastrophic” injuries. Those caps are tied to inflation and will increase over time. “Catastrophic” is defined as an “injury resulting in quadriplegia, paraplegia, the loss of two or more limbs, significant and permanent cognitive impairment, irreversible failure of a major organ, or significant loss of vision.”
It is important for injury victims to understand that in Missouri they do not have to be completely blameless in order to receive compensation. Missouri follows s rule called “pure comparative fault,” which tries to divide up the blame between the parties. So if a customer slips on a dangerously-wet floor of a supermarket, but the customer was not paying close attention to where he was walking, the supermarket could still be forced to pay for the injuries. The supermarket might be found 70% at fault for leaving its floor dangerously slippery while the customer could be 30% at fault for not paying attention. In that scenario, the customer would likely be awarded 70% of the damages he or she incurred. In short, no victim should fail to explore a claim just because they will shoulder some blame.
More About Injury Claims Attorneys in St. Louis, MO
Christopher R. Dixon and the Dixon Injury Firm specialize in injury claims and other personal and workplace injuries. Recognized by the National Trial Lawyers Association as a Top 100 Trial Lawyer, Chris knows how difficult these types of cases are for victims. To help lower financial stress, Dixon's trial lawyers make things easier by providing a contingency payment system. This allows clients to pay only if the case is won. Dixon Injury Firm's legal services are free until then.
Free Consultations For All Injury Victims in the St. Louis Area
If you have been injured and you think someone else may be to blame, then we encourage you to contact the Dixon Injury Firm at (314) 409-7060 right away before your claim expires. We can evaluate your situation and let you know if seeking compensation for your injury is likely to be successful. Our consultations are offered at no cost to you and there is no obligation to use our services if you choose not to.