Wednesday, September 14, 2016

Case Result September 2016

             This month, Portner & Shure won yet another case against Geico where there was no settlement offer made. In fact, Geico denied all liability because they alleged there was a phantom vehicle that caused the accident. Our client suffered shoulder pain and a thumb injury in this crash that happened when the Defendant failed to yield to our client’s vehicle while merging onto I-295. In Court, the Judge determined that there was no phantom vehicle and it was the Defendant that caused the accident because of a failure to yield. The Court awarded our client $12,000 plus court costs. Attorney, Kevin Ruby, successfully argued this case in Court. 

Use of Dashcams in Maryland To Protect Your Rights

There is a new trend among drivers today: dashcams.  In motor vehicle accidents and in criminal cases, the facts of the event are often disputed between the parties involved.  The use of dashcams by civilians has been increasing as a means to avoid being caught in a he said/she said situation.  If you choose to protect yourself by installing a dashcam in your car you need to know some important facts about the law.
o   (1) It’s 100% legal to record video of people, including the police, in public.  If your dashcam is recording video outside of your car, on the highway for instance, it doesn’t matter if the parties being recorded are aware of it.
o   (2) If your dashcam is recording audio inside the car, this is considered a private place, so be careful of running afoul of Maryland’s wiretapping law and be sure your passengers are aware of the recording.

If you’ve been injured in an accident or were pulled over by the police, the attorneys at Portner & Shure can help you prove your version of the events, whether it was recorded or not.  Call us today for a free consultation.

What Clients Are Saying September 2016

“The Portner & Shure Law Firm did an excellent job for me. They were quick, reliable, and efficient. I had a car accident in January 2016. They provided me with a rental car, paid all my medical bills, recommended excellent medical care, and provided me with an excellent settlement for the injuries I sustained to my neck and back. They always answer the phone and answer my questions. Plus they have personnel who spoke my native language of Spanish fluently. I highly recommend this law firm to friends and family.”

This case was handled by our Paralegal, Norma Guevara, who works out of our Columbia, MD Office.

Employee Spotlight September 2016

Join us in welcoming Cindy to the Portner & Shure family. She has been with us for one month now and works as a receptionist and legal assistant. Cindy was born in the United States, but her family is from El Salvador. Cindy is fluent in Spanish and works with our Spanish department. She currently attends Bowie State University and is finishing up her last year. Cindy has a younger brother and a dog named Prince that she likes to spend time with. Outside of work, Cindy is a diehard Redskins fan and a Barcelona soccer fan. She also enjoys cooking and travelling.

Friday, August 19, 2016

Litigation News August 2016

This month, our attorneys were successful against Geico yet again in an auto accident case where liability was denied and no settlement offer was made.  In this accident case, our client had a green light and was proceeding straight when the defendant made a left turn directly in front of our client, cutting her off and resulting in the crash.  Our client suffered numerous injuries, including to her back, foot, shoulder, and eye.  Medical expenses totaled more than $7,000, yet Geico refused to accept liability or make our client an offer to settle the case and avoid litigation.  Our attorneys were forced to file suit because of Geico’s refusal to negotiate a settlement.  Our client received a verdict of $8,448 plus court costs.  

Employee Spotlight August 2016

This month we want to recognize some accomplishments of our law clerk, Alex Adler.  He graduated from law school at the University of Baltimore School of Law this past May.  Just a few weeks ago, Alex took the Maryland Bar Exam and is awaiting results, which will be released in a couple of months. Alex just returned back to work after enjoying a European vacation to London, Barcelona, and Ibiza.  Finally, we are closing in on Alex’s 2 year anniversary with Portner & Shure, and we look forward to having him in our family for many more years to come. 

Thursday, August 18, 2016

Punitive Damages are Possible in a Building Explosion Case

            The Silver Spring community is still recovering from the devastating apartment building explosion from last week.  The cause is still under investigation, but many suspect a gas leak to be a contributing factor. Just weeks before this horrendous explosion, residents reported smelling gas. A personal injury case resulting from an accident like this can yield not only the standard compensatory damages for pain and suffering, but also punitive damages. If it can be proven that the property management for the apartment complex were aware of a gas leak and elected to do nothing in order to save some money, punitive damages, or damages meant to punish the defendant for their inaction, may be appropriate. 

             Punitive damages are meant to punish a party for their inaction or for not taking the appropriate action.  In cases where a party had notice of a dangerous situation where it was foreseeable great harm could result, punitive damages are likely to result.  The cause in the Silver Spring apartment explosion has yet to be determined.  It will certainly be interesting to see when that determination is made.

             If you or a family member have been injured or killed in a Maryland building explosion caused by the negligence of another person and would like to consult an experienced personal injury attorney for free, contact our office at (301) 854-9000 to schedule an appointment at one of our office locations throughout Maryland or visit us online at