Legal Consultations with Attorney Doug Horn
Free Legal Consultations
For legal consultation with Lead Attorney Doug Horn, please call 816-795-7500 during normal business hours. During evenings, weekends, and holidays, please use the chat function on this website to alert Lead Attorney Doug Horn to your case.
Legal Consultation with Horn Law is always free of charge and can be easily arranged to suit the convenience of the injured person. There are several options for legal consultation with Horn Law, including telephone, office, satellite office, video, home, or hospital consultation.
Early legal consultation not only gives us the opportunity to take care of the immediate insurance, investigative, medical, and financial issues but gives us a head start on handling the insurance adjusters and securing important evidence.
When it is determined that Horn Law is going to be of substantial benefit in obtaining a maximum settlement or recovery and we are authorized, we can begin immediate legal representation.
Home Office Consultations
Our home office is conveniently located across the street from Costco in Independence, Missouri, on Valley View Parkway. We are near I-470 and U.S. 40 Highway, making us close and convenient to all of eastern Jackson County.
Satellite Office Consultations
Horn Law has consultation offices located in Overland Park, Kansas City North (Zona Rosa), and downtown Kansas City (Union Station). Additionally, because a significant number of our clients reside in western Missouri, we can easily arrange office consultations that are suited for client convenience in all parts of the state. Lead Attorney Doug Horn can meet you in the office that is most convenient for you.
Video Conference Consultations
Our law firm can arrange a face-to-face consultation with Lead Attorney Doug Horn via mobile phone or computer using the Zoom application. Utilizing this easy technology, we can conduct same-day legal consultations. This is especially helpful in the event of a serious, disabling injury when travel is restricted.
When requested, hospital consultations with Lead Attorney Doug Horn can always be specially arranged by those who are caring for an injured family member. In these circumstances, our first priority is to make sure that the injured person is being afforded the best possible medical care and treatment.
One Settlement or Recovery
Because an injured person is typically entitled to only one settlement or recovery, it must be a maximum recovery that encompasses all of an injured person’s past, present, and future damages. From a legal standpoint, obtaining a maximum recovery can involve advanced settlement negotiations, mediation, and litigation.
An important first step of early legal consultation is to begin a complete investigation of the events that led to the injury. The initial investigation will allow us to secure the vital evidence that is necessary to obtain the best possible settlement and legal recovery. Even if you are in the hospital or confined at home recovering, we can perform important work right away, including:
- Obtaining official accident reports
- Obtaining witness statements
- Initiating private investigations
- Securing important evidence
- Obtaining photographic/videographic evidence
- Making fault determinations
It is vital in any personal injury case that the insurance claim process is initiated as soon as possible. When we meet with our potential client and their family members at the home or in the hospital, we can be authorized to perform the following:
- Reporting insurance claims
- Initiating the claim process with the insurance company(s)
- Handling the claim adjuster(s)
- Determining insurance coverages
- Providing information to advance the claim process
While the medical and physical recovery of our client is paramount, the legal recovery is extremely important and will depend upon the medical evidence. In addition to obtaining all of the emergency medical records, reports, and bills, legal consultation allows us to present the medical evidence that will support a fair and full recovery. Listed below are the items that are crucial to developing a strong case.
- Initial diagnosis/prognosis
- Medical objectives
- Traumatic injury preservation of evidence (photos)
- Rehabilitation objectives
- Medical witness statements/interviews
- Prior medical history review
- Treating doctor reports/opinions
- Expert medical reports/opinions
- Medical bills payment issues
Obtaining Maximum Recovery for Our Clients
Legal consultation with Lead Attorney Doug Horn makes a big difference in obtaining a fair and full legal recovery. While your medical recovery is the first priority, the legal recovery is all about a fair and full settlement or award to fully reimburse the injured person for his or her damages, which includes:
- Medical expenses (past, present, and future expenses)
- Income loss (past, present, and future loss of earnings)
- Personal losses, including loss of household services
- Continuing loss of health, including loss of mobility and freedom of movement
- Continuing loss of quality of life, including longer-term interference with daily life
Legal Representation and Ethical Standards
During the early legal consultation, a decision can be made be if legal representation is going to be substantially beneficial to the injured person and their family.
In the event that Horn Law is retained, it is important to know that any attorney fees will be calculated based upon a contingency attorney fee contract. In short, a contingency attorney fee means that an attorney fee is only charged if the attorney is successful in obtaining a settlement or collecting an award in the case.
This is an arrangement that greatly helps out an injured person because there are no up front fees or costs that are the responsibility of the client. The attorney fee only is applicable when a settlement is recovered.
It is also important to note that attorneys are governed by a special code of ethics concerning the handling of any case. While there are many different ethical standards that relate to the legal representation of an injured person, it is important to know that Horn Law has a responsibility to diligently devote our full professional abilities and resources in order to serve the best interests of our client.