Douglas R. Horn is the founder and Lead Attorney of The Horn Law Firm, P.C., where he devotes his law practice to personal injury law and litigation, including cases involving motor vehicle collisions, work/industrial accidents, and injuries or death that result from hazardous or dangerous conditions.
Based in Independence, Missouri, Horn handles cases throughout Missouri and Kansas.
Horn’s areas of concentration include cases involving head (brain), neck, back, bone fractures, joint/extremity trauma, and other serious injuries that require extended medical care, rehabilitation, and surgical repair.
In the course of handling a full range of personal injury cases, Horn also takes on complex cases that involve disputed liability, permanent impairment, and disfigurement.
Over the last 25 years, Horn has had a track record of success in maximizing legal recoveries for the injured. He is a member of numerous legal organizations, including the Multi-million Dollar Advocates Forum which recognizes America’s top trial lawyers.
In addition to his law practice, Horn regularly lectures in the area of personal injury law giving legal education presentations for national attorney audiences.
Horn’s Legal Representation
Horn’s approach to representing injured persons are predicated on the 8 items listed below:
- Legal Consultation
Early legal consultation allows Horn to quickly identify the relevant facts and legal claims to set in place a course of action that leads to a maximum legal recovery. Because providing legal representation to an injured person carries a high ethical responsibility, Horn can only provide legal representation when it will substantially benefit the client.
- Handling the Immediate Issues
Right from the start, Horn takes care of the important investigative, legal, insurance, medical, and financial issues that require prompt action, including handling the insurance company claim adjusters.
- Securing the Important Evidence
Early legal representation allows Horn to perform legal investigations, take witness statements, and secure important evidence (including photographic/video, electronic, documents, etc.) that support the claims under both state and federal law.
- Establishing Liability
Because the foundation of the legal recovery rests on proving liability, Horn’s first priorities are to establish claims against all individuals and entities that have full or contributory fault for causing his client’s injuries, including proof of negligent, careless, or reckless conduct.
- Gaining the Upper Hand
The presentation of medical evidence, including expert opinions regarding medical treatment, rehabilitation, and the long-range prognosis, together with the initial case negotiations, is key in positioning the case so that the injured client is fully compensated for all past, present, continuing, and future effects of their traumatic injuries.
- Advanced Negotiations
With almost 30 years of legal experience, Horn is highly skilled in advanced negotiations, which are necessary to reach maximum recovery for his client. Advanced negotiations include settlement conferences, mediation, and litigation with top-level insurance claim supervisors and defense attorneys.
- Maximizing Recovery
Maximizing client settlements, awards, and recoveries is the objective in every case. This includes client recovery of damages for continuing loss of health and quality of life, which is often the difference between an average settlement and a maximum recovery.
In leading the legal representation, Horn is always ably assisted by his law partner, Laurie Del Percio, and a team of dedicated paralegals, investigators, and assistants.
- Highly Rated
In dedicating his career to representing injured people and their families, Horn has been highly rated and reviewed by his clients, earning the public’s trust to deliver top-rate legal representation in personal injury matters.
Horn’s Community Work
During the course of his legal career, which includes participating in hundreds of motor vehicle accident investigations, Horn has gained elevated insights into the driving behaviors that cause vehicular collisions.
Horn has used this legal experience to devote a significant amount of work to the advancement of driver safety, particularly in the areas of teen driver protection, distracted driving prevention, and traffic fatality reduction.
As a driver safety advocate, Horn is a frequent contributor to media outlets, including TV, radio, print, and online, and a regular speaker for schools, parent groups, and civic organizations.
Outside of his law practice, Horn is active in the community by serving and supporting a number of Kansas City charitable and non-profit organizations.
Born and raised in Ohio, Horn earned his B.A. from Wittenberg University in Springfield, Ohio, and his J.D. from Capital University Law School in Columbus, Ohio. Prior to starting Horn Law in 1992, Horn practiced insurance defense and construction law in St. Louis and Kansas City.