Compensating victims of terror
Damian Horan | 20.06.2017
Recognised as one of the UK’s leading catastrophic personal injury lawyers, I am the firm’s senior partner and head of personal injury, based at our London office. I also have overall responsibility for the firm’s litigation service.
I have two key areas of practice which I am passionate about – I help people with severe brain injuries and spinal cord injuries secure fair compensation for what can be life changing injuries.
My areas of expertise are:
As a team, we are dedicated to improving the quality of life of our clients.
Clients with spinal cord injuries are helped through the award-winning Aspire Law – www.aspirelaw.co.uk – a law firm I created with leading spinal cord injury charity, Aspire.
Through Moore Blatch, I support adults and children who have suffered severe and life changing brain injuries as a result of someone else’s negligence. I work closely with brain injury charities, most notably Headway and the Child Brain Injury Trust.
I have dealt with a large number of claims on behalf of clients, many claims resulting in seven-figure settlements. My interest has always extended far beyond maximising compensation awards; one of my key priorities has been to enable the effective rehabilitation of my clients.
My clients come from across the UK and abroad. I also have significant experience acting for clients whose injuries were sustained abroad.
Wherever possible, I aim to obtain interim payments for clients. This enables me to put rehabilitation, a care package and suitable accommodation in place at the earliest possible stage and ideally before my client leaves hospital.
I am supported by a dedicated team with vast experience of succeeding in complex and high-value brain injury claims. We assemble a partner led team for every brain injury claim we handle. As each team deals with a small number of cases at any one time, all our clients receive a proactive and personal service.
We always aim to secure clients the best possible level of compensation in the shortest time possible. This gives clients peace of mind that their future medical needs and care will be adequately covered.
I visit clients at major trauma centres, hospitals or rehabilitation centres throughout the country. I also see clients at their homes or, if they prefer, at an appropriate venue close to their home. I am also able to see clients at our offices in London, Richmond, Southampton and have access to meeting rooms in most major cities.
I also assist clients who lack capacity to manage their own affairs; I am a Court of Protection approved Deputy.
Damian Horan focuses his practice on catastrophic brain and spinal injuries as well as fatal accident claims. Interviewees praise his technical skills and approach, with clients, saying: ‘His preparation and analysis are to the highest standard. He maintains excellent client relationships and understands the issues well.’
"Damian Horan focuses his practice on catastrophic brain and spinal injuries as well as fatal accident claims. Interviewees praise his technical skills and approach, with clients, saying: ‘His preparation and analysis are to the highest standard. He maintains excellent client relationships and understands the issues well.’" Chambers and Partners
"Damian Horan is an acknowledged specialist in the field of spinal cord injuries and someone who clearly cares enormously about those he represents." Third party
"Senior partner Damian Horan, who has exceptional professional knowledge, competence and compassion, represented a claimant who sustained severe brain, orthopaedic and facial injuries after being hit by a car when she was crossing the road via a pedestrian crossing." Legal 500
"A sympathetic and first rate claimant lawyer." Independent third party
"Damian has a great deal of experience and he’s actively involved in supporting people with injuries. He has excellent judgment and works very hard. He’s committed to, and is effective with, the people he represents." Independent third party
"Damian Horan is praised by commentators for his excellent judgement. He is a respected choice for high-value brain and spinal injury claims." Chambers and Partners
"Damian Horan is respected by peers and clients for his strong track record in representing clients with catastrophic injuries. As one source notes, ‘he’s always made sure that he’s there to talk to. He explains everything I need to know, and he’s such a nice person.’" Chambers and Partners
"Damian Horan is the top man." Client
"Damian Horan is very good. He’s well established and well known." Market Commentator
"Damian is hugely experienced, very commercially savvy and very sensible about everything you’d want a solicitor to be sensible about. He’s the standout man. He has an excellent manner and is incredibly calm, which is helpful for clients going through distressing times. He gives off an air of complete reassurance and trust that they are in safe hands. Damian is good with defendant on the other side – he’s quite effective, sensible and measured." Independent third party
"Handles a range of cases including some of the firm’s highest-value catastrophic injury cases. He is described as ‘very good – extremely experienced in dealing with clients with catastrophic injuries.’" Chambers and Partners
"He is effective and attentive, and offers very good client care. He conducts cases efficiently." Independent third party
"He is exceptional. He has genuine personal interest in acting for spinal cord clients." Independent third party
"What got him into it was to make a difference. He is genuinely focused on the outcome for the client." Client
"First-class customer service, he is completely invested in and flexible to the client’s needs." Interviewee (sourced from Chambers and Partners 2020)