Thursday, December 1, 2016

Is there a Magic Formula for Determining Settlement in a Car Accident Case?

·         We wish; But there is not. If so, all of our negotiations with the carrier would be easy, fun, and cordial, like simply dialing for dollars
·         Instead, negotiations with the carriers often first seem like a chess match. Then, if not resolved, a war.
·         Medical bills, lost wages, the types of injuries suffered, permanency, and property damage all play a role in determining the case value
·         Pain and suffering, if argued effectively, will drastically increase the case value
·         Your attorney’s reputation will impact the settlement value. Don’t choose a lawyer that does not litigate because the insurance carrier will know that and will take that into consideration when evaluating a case for settlement and during negotiations.

·         Call Portner & Shure today for a free consultation if you’ve been injured in a car accident, (301) 854-9000, (410) 995-1515.

Wednesday, November 16, 2016

Employee Spotlight November 2016

Join us in welcoming back our Spanish Department Paralegal, Diana Ramirez, who returned to work this month after giving birth to a healthy baby boy, Nathan Alexander. Diana gave birth to Nathan on September 30th.  Diana enjoyed all the time she spent with her son during her time off. Some of her favorite things she did with Nathan included watching movies and taking him out for walks in the park. Big sister, Isabella, loves having a little brother to play with. Isabella also loves to help her mom prepare Nathan’s bottles. Portner & Shure is very happy to have Diana back in the office and she is happy to be back at work with all of her co-workers. Let’s congratulate Diana on the birth of her beautiful son, Nathan!

What Clients Are Saying November 2016

“I am very happy with the services that Portner and Shure gave me. From the very beginning they were extremely kind and helpful. They made sure I received the compensation I deserved! They constantly kept me informed of what was going on in my case. I would definitely recommend them! Thank you.”

This case was handled by our Paralegal, Christine Airey, in our Columbia office.



Recent Case Result November 2016

Recently, Portner & Shure attorney, Kevin Ruby, obtained an excellent result in a serious rear-end accident caused by a drunk driver. Our client was a passenger in a vehicle that was rear-ended by a drunk driver while stopped at a red light at the intersection of Route 40 and Ridge Road.  Our client suffered more than $25,000 in medical expenses, as well as a significant amount of lost wages. He endured nearly four years of treatment for his injuries in the accident. The liability insurance company did not make an offer to settle the case. We proceeded with trial in the Howard County Circuit Court. The jury awarded our client $260,000.00. 

Medical Errors are Leading Cause of Deaths in the U.S.

There is a new study by Johns Hopkins that shows that 10% of all U.S. deaths are due to medical error. We often are na├»ve when it comes to doctors making mistakes, when in reality, doctors make mistakes all the time and sometimes these mistakes result in death. With insurance companies taking more profits from doctors, doctors are making cuts to protect their income, and as a result, doctors are providing a diminished level of care to patients. Many doctors are now more worried about getting patients in and out rather than provided the best care possible. We can’t make healthcare great, but we can get you compensated for these dreadful errors. Call Portner & Shure today for a medical malpractice consultation.

Friday, November 11, 2016

Traffic Fatalities Up Significantly—More Important than Ever to Hire an Experienced Accident Attorney

   Statistics for 2015 were recently released and they show that more than 35,000 people lost their lives in a traffic accident in the United States last year. This is the first increase in fatal accidents year-over-year      in the last 50 years. Even though cars have become significantly safer over the last several years, there         are more drivers on the road today and there are more distractions for these drivers. In Baltimore City,       like any other big city, serious accidents are a common occurrence because of the high volume of             traffic. In fact, Baltimore has led statistics in Maryland with the most fatal accidents attributed to               running red lights. If you have lost a loved one in a fatal accident in Baltimore, call Portner & Shure         today for a free consultation.


Tuesday, November 1, 2016

Maximizing Recovery for Truck Accident Victims in Catonsville

   ·         Injuries resulting from truck accidents are devastating

   ·         In many cases, injured victims are unable to recover enough money to cover the damages   

   ·         It is obvious to look to the negligence of the truck driver and motor carrier as the cause of the              accident, but the shipper of the load cannot be forgotten as another possible liable party 

   ·         It is important to seek recovery from all who are involved including the truck driver, the motor            carrier, and the shipper of the load

   ·         It is important to look for things like a higher duty of care for shippers transporting hazardous            materials or negligent hiring for having an incompetent driver transport goods in the tractor trailer


   ·         If you or someone you love has been injured in a tractor trailer accident or sustained an injury as a      result of a truck accident call Portner & Shure today for a free consultation (301) 854-9000 or
        (410) 995-1515