It used to be you did not need to involve a lawyer if you were hurt in an auto accident. Below are 3 reasons why you should strongly consider consulting with Kansas City Injury Lawyer Doug Horn before trying to handle your case on your own.
- Horn Law Case Evaluations
If you have been hurt in a car accident, it is important that we perform a detailed case evaluation in order to determine the full amount necessary to obtain a fair and full settlement. At Horn Law, we take into account the liability, applicable law, legal aspects, insurance policies, and the economic and non-economic damages incurred by our client. A proper case evaluation sets the tone and is a vital part of maximizing our client’s recovery.
- Horn Law’s Legal Leverage
Because of our experience in personal injury law and our track record in previous cases, we have an advantage in getting the best possible results. If an insurance company is being difficult or unfair in negotiations, we will file the claim as a lawsuit. This is called “legal leverage” and it is an important part of resolving cases, all types of claims, including small, medium, and larger claims in a timely manner.
- Horn Law Negotiations
Most people who have inside experience with Horn Law are familiar with both Doug Horn and Laurie Del Percio. Both Horn & Del Percio combine their efforts to fully prepare the evidence in individual cases. We must be able to prove every aspect of the case and show why the client deserves a larger recovery. Detailed preparation, that starts early on, makes a big difference in negotiating with insurance company representatives and defense counsel.
Solid case evaluations, leverage, and negotiating from strength are the key components of maximizing a car accident victim’s recovery.
Having been in the position of having to select a lawyer, I thought the following may be of benefit to persons facing an injury claim. Because an injured person ordinarily only gets one chance to make an insurance claim settlement, choosing the right lawyer is important.
First and foremost, never select a personal injury lawyer based on an advertisement. While many very good injury lawyers advertise, it is best that you do not make any assumptions about the lawyer’s abilities, either positive or negative, based on an advertisement. Instead, before you call a lawyer, do a thorough review of the lawyer’s website. You can gain important information from a website, including the specific types of cases that lawyer or law firm handles, whether or not the firm offers free consultations, the lawyer’s background, etc. Overall, a website can give you a good sense of whether that particular lawyer is a good fit.
Upon meeting with a personal injury lawyer, try and gain some insight into the lawyer’s track record. The lawyer should have a good amount of experience in cases that are similar to your case. For instance, if you have suffered a blow to the head and have been diagnosed with a concussion, you will do best with a lawyer who has had experience with brain injury cases. The lawyer with specific experience in your type of case is better able to evaluate strengths and weaknesses of your case and is generally in a better position to formulate a successful legal strategy. Please take note – if you are initially meeting with a paralegal or someone else who will not be in charge of your case, you are probably in the wrong office.
Because injury lawyers get very busy, it is important that the lawyer you are working you hire has a capable and responsive staff. First, a paralegal or other assistant that is working directly on your case can help facilitate communications and keep the case moving in a positive direction. Secondly, it has been my experience that behind every good lawyer stands an excellent administrative staff. Because so much of the work connected with an injury claim is detail oriented, it is important that your lawyer is able to rely upon his or her staff to make sure the case preparation is flawless.
As a Kansas City crash lawyer, Attorney Doug Horn has seen a sizeable change in his law practice over the last several years. “Since 2009 our law firm is handling a lot more crash cases involving texting while driving. There is no doubt that drivers are facing new dangers on the road”. Horn said. While texting teen drivers make up a considerable number of distracted drivers, Horn added that adult drivers are becoming the largest segment of distracted drivers as they are using their smart phones to keep up with busy work, personal, and family communications.
Horn has characterized the distracted driving epidemic as a “new universe of roadway risk” and he feels the problem may get worse. “With the proliferation of the cell phone, and the fact that cell phone use behind the wheel is both habit forming and addictive, this has become a public health crisis”.
As it relates to his law practice, Horn says that distracted driving accidents are causing more serious injuries. Because a distracted driver is not paying attention to the road, the collisions are more severe, causing a greater probability of serious injury, especially to the head and neck.
Top personal injury lawyers in the U.S., including Horn Law’s Laurie Del Percio, were in Miami last week attending the Trial Lawyers Summit. The exclusive event gave the lawyers in attendance an opportunity to discuss innovative approaches to maximizing client awards, settlements and verdicts.
For Del Percio, the Summit allowed her to hone skills in selecting a jury. “Jury selection is a very important part of a trial and has been a crucial part of my success. I am excited to put in place several of the ideas discussed during the conference”, said Del Percio.
The 4 day conference near Miami Beach was all business for Del Percio as she spent over 24 hours in trial-related lectures. For lawyers involved in catastrophic personal injury cases, the Summit provided an opportunity for acclaimed lawyers to share ideas that help them obtain better results. “The last several years I have worked extremely hard to help our clients gain fair and full compensation, I want to keep the momentum so we can continue to help people who need it the most”, Del Percio added.
Del Percio, who works out of Horn Law’s Independence headquarters, concentrates in high stakes personal injury claims arising from motor vehicle collisions, work-related accidents, medication error, and other events causing disabling injury and death.
With auto insurance companies facing financial pressures from a stagnant economy, Attorney Doug Horn is hard at work in helping injured people in Missouri recover fair and full insurance settlements for medical and rehabilitation treatment, lost income, pain, suffering, discomfort, and a variety of other personal losses.
In talking about his daily work representing personal injury victims Horn commented, “A car accident can be devastating. Not only are you hurt, you’re out of work and facing a difficult insurance company. Now, more than ever, it is important you have the best possible representation”.
Horn, who has handled thousands of car accident cases over a 25 year career, also knows how difficult it can be for a person who has had a claim for personal injury. Although Missouri law permits an injured person recover for a variety of past, present, and future effects from their injuries, insurance company adjusters and their attorney’s battle hard to keep claim settlements low. “While there are cases that can be fairly resolved without legal help, these cases are few and far between, especially if the injured person requires medical treatment”, Horn said
In 2015, over 80% of Horn’s cases involved persons injured in auto, truck, and motorcycle accidents. While many of these cases involve neck, back, and spinal injuries, Horn said a considerable amount of his cases involve head trauma, bone fractures, joint injuries, and serious wounds requiring plastic surgery.
The Million Dollar Advocates Forum is pleased to announce that Attorney Douglas Ronald Horn has been certified as a member of the Multi-Million Dollar Advocates Forum.
Mr. Horn is presently a Life Member of the Million Dollar Advocates Forum, one of the most prestigious groups of trial lawyers in the United States. Membership in the Forum is limited to attorneys that have won multi-million dollar verdicts, awards, and settlements. Fewer than 1% of U.S. lawyers are members.
Horn, who founded The Horn Law Firm in 1990, has over 25 years of experience in plaintiff’s personal injury law. His area of concentration is representing persons who have been seriously injured or killed in motor vehicle crashes, work-related accidents, and other catastrophic events. He represents clients in Missouri, Kansas, and throughout the Midwest.
In addition to his law practice, Horn devotes a significant amount of his work to advancing driver safety, particularly in the areas of distracted driving prevention and teen driver protection. In 2011, he founded Drive By Example, a public service organization dedicated to addressing America’s top driving safety priorities.
Horn Law’s lead litigation attorney, Laurie Del Percio, was recognized in 2015 with professional awards for her work in personal injury litigation and trials.
For the seventh consecutive year, Laurie was chosen 2015 “Best of the Bar” in the Kansas City region. This annual award is given out by the Kansas City Business Journal and recognizes outstanding lawyers in their areas of concentration. Also in 2015, Laurie was honored as a “Super Lawyer”, one of the leading 5% of practicing attorneys in Kansas and Missouri. Selected and honored by her peers, this was also the seventh consecutive year Laurie was conferred this recognition.
In addition, Laurie was inducted into the Multi-Million Dollar Advocates Forum. One of the most prestigious groups of trial attorneys in the United States, membership is exclusive to those who have won multi-million dollar verdicts, awards, or settlements. During 2015, Laurie recovered over 10 million dollars for clients of Horn Law, including an award of over 6 million dollars for a man who suffered a severe brain injury in a work-related accident.
Laurie attributes many factors to this success. “It’s the way we handle our cases at Horn Law,” Laurie notes. “Small or large, we treat each case equally with the same level of attention and protocols, including exhaustive discovery and trial preparation. That is the key in allowing us to maximize recovery for all of our clients.”
Medication Errors on the Rise
The number of people visiting hospitals as a result of medication errors has increased by about fifty percent over the past five years. The rise of mistakes in prescribing and administering drugs, whether by a medical professional, caregiver, or patient, is a growing cause for concern in the medical community. Medication errors range from wrong dosing to adverse interactions with other drugs. Many times, communication between medical practitioners, pharmacists, and patients plays a large role in these errors. Of the 92 percent of patients hospitalized for medication side effects or allergic reactions, approximately seven percent had taken or were given the wrong drug or dose. Overdosing can cause traumatic long-term conditions or even death. If you take medications or are responsible for someone who does, understanding the risks of medication errors is essential.
As all drugs are highly complex substances, adverse reactions commonly occur due to misunderstanding of dosing and timing. Taking a medication at the wrong time, missing doses, or discontinuing a medication too soon all contribute to the risk. Certain drugs that are highly misused are:
- Arthritis medications – These include nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs and corticosteroids. Osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, and joint pain affect approximately 70 million Americans. Over-prescribing by physicians, as well as general patient misuse, causes side effects including gastrointestinal bleeding and peptic ulcers. Approximately 100,000 hospitalizations and 16,000 deaths occur annually as a result of these types of drugs.
- Antibiotics – These have been notoriously over-prescribed and wrongly-prescribed in recent years. Used to fight bacterial-related illness, approximately 23 million patients have been improperly prescribed antibiotics for viral infections. Viral infections, such as upper respiratory infections, colds, and bronchitis are unaffected by antibiotics. In addition to the negative side effects of over-prescribed antibiotics, certain bacterial strains have become resistant to antibiotics because of their overuse. This makes fighting certain illnesses more difficult than ever.
- Insulin – A necessity for patients with type 1 diabetes, preventable errors are commonly linked to insulin’s preparation and administration. Overdosing causes severe hypoglycemic reactions including seizures, coma, or even death. Under-dosing may result in ketoacidosis, which prevents the transfer of sugar from the blood into the body’s cells. This starves the cells and creates a negative domino effect in the body. Both hospitals and patients at home contribute to the high percentage of errors involving insulin.
- Blood thinners, heart and blood pressure medications, pain relievers, and cancer drugs – These have also been common causes of medication errors in hospitals and at home.
What Can You Do?
The best defense you have as a patient and consumer is to be educated on the medication you are prescribed and to communicate regularly with your physician and pharmacist. Here are some helpful hints:
- Provide a list of all your medications so that your doctor can avoid contraindications and harmful interactions. Include over-the-counter drugs, vitamins, herbs, and supplements.
- Before leaving the doctor’s office, make sure any handwritten scripts and directions are legible. If not, clarify with your physician.
- To confirm your name and the prescription, always read labels before taking a medication.
- Never hesitate to ask the doctor or pharmacist about possible side effects.
Horn Law – Personal Injury Lawyers in Kansas and Missouri
Medication errors can result in high medical expenses, lost wages, pain, and suffering. If you live in the Midwest region and have questions regarding this type of medical malpractice, Horn Law has offices in Independence, Overland Park, Crown Center, and KC Northland. Our lead litigation attorney Laurie Del Percio has been voted “Best in the Bar” from 2009 through 2014. Her experience defending insurance agencies provides her with valuable insight in medical malpractice and injury cases. Contact Horn Law today for a free consultation.
This morning, compliments of the UPS Store on 23rd Street in Independence, Horn Law was treated to a box of donuts. The container contained 15 donuts, equally split between chocolate covered, powered, and plain cake.
In a rout, the chocolate covered donuts won the competition. The least favorite was the powered donut, perhaps because of the mess they make. The donut competition may have come out different if Laurie Del Percio had been in the office.
As always, no one wanted to take the last donuts. This really shows great character, something a law firm can be quite proud of.