Dixon Injury Firm’s St. Louis amputation claim lawyers help injured victims and their families fight these difficult cases.
Losing a limb is one of the most devastating injuries a person can suffer. Amputees often report feeling stigmatized, and they can suffer from psychological, emotional, and social problems along with the physical medical challenges. If their injury was wrongfully caused, financial compensation from an amputation claim against whoever caused the injury might help ease the adaptation to a new life without a limb.
Dixon Injury Firm provides a broad range of legal services. This includes personal injury, workers compensation, product liability, and other claims. Our St. Louis amputation claim attorneys bring proven legal counsel to clients and their families. Please contact us for more information and a free consultation.
St. Louis Amputation Claim Lawyers
When you pursue an amputation claim in St. Louis, it’s important to find legal counsel with experience. Dixon Injury Firm’s workers comp and liability attorney make sure clients have the resources they need to win a settlement. Here are a few questions to ask St. Louis amputation claim attorneys:
How much does legal services cost clients? This varies on the amputation claim and other factors. We use a contingency plan, which means our services are free.
How much would I win? Again, this also depends on the case. Dixon’s St. Louis amputation claim attorneys try to win clients medical expenses, personal hardship, and other damages.
What do I do now? The next step is to contact us for more information and consultation.
According to the Center for Orthotic & Prosthetic Care, about one in 200 people in the U.S. has had an amputation. There are more than 1.7 million people living in the country with limb loss. People tend to think of war zones when they think of amputations, but in fact the vast majority of amputations, a full 82%, are “dysvascular.” That means that the amputation was necessary because of reduced blood flow to the limb. Most commonly, the reduced blood flow is a complication stemming from diabetes.
Trauma related amputations cause only 16% of all amputations, while 1% are cancer related and 1% are congenital (performed around the time of birth). Almost all of the diabetes-related amputations, 97%, are to lower limbs, meaning legs and feet. Most traumatic amputations, 69%, involve an upper limb. Trauma and cancer related amputations are becoming less common over time, while sadly diabetes-related amputations are becoming more common.
Challenges After Amputation
Amputees face a major change in lifestyle. A study reported in the Journal of Bone and Joint Surgery found massive lifetime costs associated with prostheses. The study found that attempts to save a damaged limb are initially less expensive than an amputation, but then when you add the prosthesis-related costs an amputation becomes three times more expensive than efforts to save the limb. Amputation costs include purchasing the prosthetic device and also costs related to rehabilitation, physical therapy, and occupational therapy. Learning to properly use a prosthesis is part of the challenge. This does not even take into account the mental toll that can come with a lost limb.
Consider an Amputation Claim
Anyone that is facing a lifetime of mental, physical, and financial challenges from an amputation should consider seeking compensation against anyone that wrongfully caused the amputation. Juries and courts often recognize the lifetime costs associated with a lost limb and they can be quite generous to a victim. For example, in Rhode Island in 2017 a jury awarded $40 million to a patient that unnecessarily lost his right leg. He was on blood thinners, but he was told by doctors to stop taking the drugs for a few days to prepare for some testing related to other health challenges he was having. When he stopped taking the drugs, he suffered from life-threatening blood clots that were so severe his right leg had to be amputated.
Closer to home, a man in St. Louist was recently awarded $8.3 million in federal court after losing his leg and suffering brain damage from a botched heart surgery. His doctors were just inserting a routine stent to improve blood flow to his heart, but they allowed his leg to become infected and eventually it had to be amputated.
More About Amputation Claim Lawyers in St. Louis, MO
Christopher R. Dixon and the Dixon Injury Firm excel at amputation claims and additional personal and workplace accidents. Recognized by the National Trial Lawyers Association as a Top 100 Trial Lawyer, Chris understands how difficult these cases are for clients. To help alleviate financial stress, Dixon’s trial lawyers make things easier by offering a contingency payment system. This enables clients to pay fees only if the case is won. Dixon’s legal counsel is free.
Limb Loss Is More Common Than You Might Think
If you have lost a limb and you think your loss might have been wrongfully caused by someone else, then you should consider filing an amputation claim. If you call (314) 409-7060 we will evaluate your case at no cost to you and with no obligation for you to use our services. We can help you think about whether it makes sense for you to seek compensation, and if we mutually agree that we will represent you then the Dixon Injury Firm will not rest until it has exhausted all options for securing the financial resources you will need to live as an amputee.