Areas of Practice - Injuries We Handle
Types of Injuries We Handle
Types of Serious Injury Cases We Handle
Over the last 25 years, Horn Law has a track record of success in maximizing legal recovery for serious injury across Missouri, including crashes occurring on Missouri interstates, state highways, county, and rural roads.
Serious injury cases are those that require emergency care, medical treatments and rehabilitation. These cases often result in longer-term pain, discomfort, physical limitations and permanent impairment. A maximum legal recovery is required in the following types of cases:
- Neck, Back, and Spinal Injuries
- Head & Brain Injury
- Facial Injuries
- Dental Injuries
- Eye Injuries
- Bone Fractures (including broken ribs)
- Chest/Abdominal/Internal Injuries
- Shoulder, Arm, & Hand Injuries
- Hip/Pelvic Injuries
- Leg, Knee, & Ankle Injuries
- Burn Injuries
- Catastrophic Injuries
Why an Early Legal Consultation is Critical
In a serious injury matter, early legal consultation with Lead Attorney Doug Horn is an important first step. It allows our law firm to take care of the immediate issues, including the important legal, medical, insurance, and investigative that put the case in position for your maximum legal recovery.
Alert Lead Attorney, Doug Horn, to your case by contacting him at 816-795-7500 during business hours. Or, you may contact us evenings, weekends, and holidays by using the chat function on this site for immediate help.
Our availability for rapid response from Horn Law is important to us. We know that this makes a significant difference in making sure a solid foundation is set in place, paving the way for a maximum settlement of your claim.
Because there is typically only one legal recovery for an injured person, it must be a fair and full recovery that includes compensation for all past, present, and continuing damages. While some insurance companies may be willing to pay for medical bills, lost income, and some pain and suffering, those types of settlements fall way short of being fair in a case involving serious injury.
Insurance companies and their claim adjusters want to adjust claims to discount settlements. Please be aware that Loss of Health and Loss of Quality of Life represent two categories of damages that must be included in a settlement for a claim involving a serious injury.
Loss of Health Compensation
After recovery from a serious injury, the injured person is likely going to face on-going problems in the form of pain, discomfort, and physical limitations and restrictions that are due to the injuries suffered in the accident.
For instance, when an injured person has suffered an orthopedic injury, such as an injury to the neck, shoulders, arms, back, hips, legs, knees, and ankles, they typically will face a permanent loss of mobility and range of motion resulting in a loss of freedom of movement. This is the kind of case where loss of health compensation becomes very important and a significant part of the total case value.
Loss of health compensation is also required when an injured person, who is now at maximum medical improvement, continues to experience fatigue, a loss of endurance, loss of sleep, weight gain, and emotional/mental distress. These are all factors that contribute to loss of heath and, therefore, loss of health compensation must be paid to the injured person through the claim settlement or award.
In concussion or head injury cases, it is common to see a loss of health in regard to problems with mental function. Loss of concentration, focus, dizziness, inability to concentrate, vision difficulties, and issues with speech are prominent symptoms of a loss of health due to a blow to the head or a severe whiplash injury. When these types of head injury complaints continue to linger, then a substantial loss of health compensation is warranted and must be part of a final settlement.
Finally, it is important to know that loss of health compensation must be supported by expert medical opinion. These medical opinions come from independent doctors that are well-versed in rating loss of physical capacity and permanent impairment. Getting the right medical evidence included in the case is critical and is the responsibility of your attorney.
Loss of Quality of Life Compensation
Loss of quality of life is another overlooked area of settlement compensation. It is necessary because it compensates for the fact that they now are in the position of having to “manage” their injury.
The long-term management of a traumatic injury represents a significant interference over the course of a lifetime and; therefore, justifies extra settlement compensation. Management of an injury requires a person to constantly monitor their physical activity and daily routine. It means always being concerned with pain control and avoiding, curtailing, and regulating all activity that requires mobility and freedom of movement.
Loss of quality of life compensation also takes into account the loss of productivity an injured person faces over a lifetime. This loss of productivity impacts an injured person’s ability to take care of work, childcare, personal, and household responsibilities.
Finally, a significant portion of loss of quality of life compensation comes from the loss of enjoyment of life together with the emotional and psychological toll of managing an injury over the course of a lifetime.