Catastrophic Injury Lawyers St. Louis
Experienced Catastrphic Injury Lawyers protecting St. Louis and Missouri Residents
The Catastrophic Injury Lawyers of Dixon Law provide the greatest level of care and legal guidance for St. Louis and Missouri residents. When you or someone you love has been the victim of a catastrophic injury car crash, and you’ve suffered severe injuries and have lost work and wages because of those injuries, you need a catastrophic injury lawyer to protect your interests. The Catastrophic Injury Attorneys at Dixon Law can guide you through your catastrophic injury claim and see to it that you and your family are provided for during this trying time. Whether you need financial assistance because of loss of work, medical bills, or to pay for the costs of recovery associated with any injuries sustained because of the car accident, Christopher R. Dixon and the Dixon Injury Firm can and will provide you with expert catastrophic car accident injury legal guidance. When you or someone you love has been in a catastrophic car wreck and needs a catastrophic injury attorney, you need the best in the industry. Christopher R. Dixon and the St. Louis Truck Accident Attorneys of Dixon Law strive to provide the best results possible. Christopher R. Dixon is recognized as a Top 100 Trial lawyer by the National Trial Lawyers Association and a Life-Time Member of the Million Dollar Advocates Forum, and when you choose Chris for your legal guidance and counseling for a catastrophic injury claim you will be taken care of.
What is a Catastrophic Injury?
Catastrophic Injuries are injuries that permanently prevent an individual from performing actions that they previously could, such as work tasks, walking, running, or generally just enjoying life. Catastrophic injuries often involve permanent disabilities and can require constant medical care and attention. One of the most common causes of a catastrophic injury is a car crash, which can result in paralyzation, severe burns, terrible chronic migraines, concussions, amputations, or other serious health issues. The Catastrophic Injuries Lawyers of Dixon law have also identified these specific types of catastrophic injuries,
- Paralysis that can result in Paraplegia or quadriplegia and entail the complete or partial loss of the use of limbs and or torso.
- Blindness, which is the total loss of vision in both eyes.
- An injury that requires the amputation of an arm or leg, or other injuries that cause the permanent and total loss of an arm or leg.
- Any Injury that results in a class 4 impairment or class 5 impairment and can result in behavioral and mental disorders.
- Any injuries that result in the impairment of at least 55% of a whole person.
- Brain Injuries that result in a score of 9 or less on the Glasgow Coma Scale, or result in a score of 2 which is vegetative or 3 which is a severe disability on the Glasgow Outcome Scale
If you, or someone you care for exhibits these types of catastrophic injuries after a car wreck and hasn’t received the compensation and recovery they are owed, then you need a lawyer experienced in catastrophic injury law to fight on your behalf. The Catastrohpic Injury Car Accident Lawyers of Dixon Law have litigated these cases before, and can ensure that you and your loved ones are properly cared for during this difficult and trying time.
Catastrophic Injuries St. Louis
Accident victims will often contact our office telling us they have suffered “catastrophic injuries.” This is not necessarily a common legal term. A catastrophe generally means something that caused extreme misfortune or ruin, and our firm specializes in making sure that whoever is responsible for such an injury will pay to try to make it right. Additionally, the Missouri legislature actually has made “catastrophic personal injury” a meaningful legal term by adjusting caps on damages based on whether the injury was “catastrophic.”
Caps on Catastrophic Damages in Missouri
In the American legal system, we count on juries made up of individuals from the local community to determine how much money should be awarded to compensate a wrongfully-injured person for his or her injuries. Unfortunately, in recent years the very conservative state legislature in Missouri has done the bidding of large insurance companies and worked to cap jury awards.
As explained in the Missouri Law Review, California became the first state to cap damages back in 1975. Missouri followed suit in 1986, saying that an injured person could not collect more than $350,000 in non-economic damages in a medical-malpractice lawsuit. This includes pain, suffering, mental anguish, physical impairment, disfigurement, loss of capacity to enjoy life, and loss of consortium (i.e. ability to enjoy sexual relations). This law changed a few times over the years, and then in 2006 a woman named Deborah Watts went to the doctor because she was 39 weeks pregnant and worried about her baby. The doctor was slow to react, and after a much-delayed caesarean section delivery Ms. Watts’ son was born with catastrophic brain injuries.
Ms. Watts filed suit and was awarded $3.371 million to help care for her permanently-disabled son and $1.45 million in noneconomic damages. This award was reduced to the cap of $350,000, but Ms. Watts appealed. After years of winding through the legal system, the case wound up in front of the Missouri Supreme Court and in 2012 the Court ruled that the $350,000 cap was unconstitutional because it violated Ms. Watts’ right to a jury trial.
The big insurance companies would not take the repeal of their caps lying down, though. In 2015, the legislature created a new cap system under a new law that the legislature believes does not have the same jury requirements. Missouri Statutes Section 538.210 now says that in a lawsuit against a health care provider any noneconomic damages are capped at $400,000 for “non catastrophic” injuries and $700,000 for “catastrophic” injuries. These caps will increase over time with inflation. 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.”
How can the St. Louis Catastrophic Injury Attorneys of Dixon Law help you with your personal injury claim?
The Dixon Injury Law Firm is the industry leader when it comes to protecting the interests of catastrophic injury victims. During a catastrophic injury case, the responsible party, their lawyers, and the insurance agencies are going to try to get you to settle for as little as possible and attempt to place as much blame as possible on your for the catastrophic car accident. This will allow them to settle quickly and against your best interests. That’s why it is so vitally important to let Christopher R. Dixon and the Catastrophic Injury Lawyers of Dixon Law defend your best interests against the responsible party, their lawyers and the insurance corporations. The St. Louis Catastrophic Car Accident Injury Attorneys of the Dixon Injury Firm have a complete understanding of the most recent Missouri and St. Louis traffic law and statutes and can use this knowledge to defend you and your loved ones during this trying time. No one should have to suffer from a catastrophic injury, but when it does happen, choosing an experienced and knowledgeable catastrophic injury attorney can ensure that you and your family are adequately compensated for your lost time and injuries, and ensure that your financial future and health are protected.
Why Should I choose the St. Louis Catastrophic Car Wreck Injury Lawyers at Dixon Law to represent me?
Christopher R. Dixon is more than just a St. Louis Catastrophic Injury Lawyer he is a local Missouri and St. Louis resident who understands what it means to provide effective and comprehensive legal counseling to his fellow citizens who have suffered because of catasrophic injuries.
Chris Dixon – “I pride myself on tirelessly fighting for the injury victims who continuously trust me with their cases. It is an honor to serve and a passion which drives my existence.”
Chris Dixon has been fighting against insurance companies on behalf of injury victims for years, and he is all too familiar with attempts to deny compensation to families that have suffered. For now, the caps are generally limited to medical malpractice cases but the legislature is again looking to expand those caps to other areas of law. Even with the caps in place, though, injury victims should not be afraid to pursue their rights. Missouri does not limit economic damages, like lost wages and medical bills and every injury victim should seek to recapture those losses if possible.
When you choose Christopher R. Dixon and the Dixon Injury Firm, you are choosing a catastrophic injury firm that cares about you and wants to ensure that you and your family are provided for during this trying time. If you need catastrophic injury claim guidance, or want to know what a catastrophic injury attorney can do for you, call or contact the St. Louis Catastrophic Car Accident Injury Attorneys of the Dixon Injury Firm at 314-409-7060, or toll-free at 855-40-CRASH to get justice and compensation for your catastrophic injury case today.