Tuesday, August 15, 2017

What Clients are Saying August 2017

Immediately following my motor vehicle accident, I was left emotionally and physically injured and nervous about the future. There was so much to think about, so much to worry about and unsure of how to move forward and proceed with my life. It wasn’t until it was recommended by my Doctor that I reach out Portner and Shure that I felt like I was moving in the right direction. From the first interaction with Rachel Dawes at Portner & Shure, I felt like I had someone in my corner. She was kind, patient, positive, reassuring and genuine. I never had to worry about my case and IF I DID WORRY, Rachel was a text message away (a text message!!!). She was always quick to respond and every response was informative and clear. I am VERY happy to say that it’s been 4 months since my accident and saying “Good Bye” to Rachel was bittersweet as I have really relied on her in the past few months to assist with the rebuild of my life. Rachel embodies the culture, passion and professionalism that you want your paralegal to have as you navigate your way through a difficult time.
I highly recommend Portner and Shure!!

This case was handled by our Paralegal, Rachel Dawes, who works out of our Columbia, MD office. 

Recent Case Result August 2017

Recently, Portner & Shure settled a rear-end accident case for $80,000.00. Our client was stopped waiting to make a left turn, when all of a sudden, she was hit from behind by a dump truck. As a result of the force of the collision, our client slammed her head against her steering wheel and suffered serious head injuries. Our client’s vehicle sustained significant property damage. Our client sustained a concussion and had total medical bills over $20,000.00. After extensive negotiations with the liability insurance company, an offer of settlement of $80,000.00 was extended. Our client accepted and was extremely happy with the result in her case.

Litigation News August 2017

This month in litigation news at Portner & Shure, we have an accident case where our client was rear-ended in a line of three cars in Montgomery County, Maryland. Liability was not an issue in this case, but the liability insurance carrier would not make a fair offer of settlement considering our client’s injuries and pain and suffering. Our client suffered injuries to her neck, shoulders, back, numbness in her leg, and a concussion. With nearly $10,000.00 in medical expenses, our client endured over 3 months of medical treatment for her injuries. Due to the insurance company’s failure to make a fair offer of settlement, our litigation team filed suit to battle this out in court. The trial Judge in the General District Court for Montgomery County awarded our client $14,949.79 plus court costs. This trial award was more than $3,000 higher than the top offer from the insurance company. Our client was extremely satisfied with this result, especially considering that the insurance company tried to settle the case for much less. 

Monday, July 3, 2017

What Clients Are Saying July 2017

The law offices of Portner & Shure helped me greatly after a pretty debilitating car wreck. Once it became evident that I needed legal counsel I met with Christie Rowland, who then (with the rest of the firm) went about protecting my interests and made my life much easier. When you're hurt it's hard to deal with the constant phone calls and intrusive insurance adjusters. Christie was able to give me the breathing room to heal and put the pieces back together, while giving me the peace of mind that someone was acting in my best interest. I couldn't recommend her, or Portner & Shure enough.”
This case was handled by our Paralegal, Christie Rowland, who works out of our Frederick, MD office.

Monday, June 26, 2017

Employee Spotlight July 2017

Join us in welcoming Kimberly Molina to the Portner & Shure family. She is a receptionist in our Columbia, Maryland office and has been with us since March. Kimberly speaks English and Spanish, which is an important asset at the firm for talking with clients on the phone. Kimberly also actively participates in shooting Spanish videos for the firm. She was born in the United States, but her parents are from El Salvador and came to the United States in the 1990s. Kimberly also has an older brother that was born in El Salvador, but is now living in the United States as well. Kimberly has two children, a daughter named Anabella and a son named Nathan. In her free time, she enjoys going to the gym, spending time with her family, camping, and going to the beach.

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Injured by a Car While Cycling? What You Need to Know

Cycling is fun, great exercise, and good for the environment, but it can also be quite dangerous. Accidents between motor vehicles and bicycles are sadly very common. In fact, just a few days ago, there was a tragic fatal accident involving a bicyclist in Towson and one of the drivers that hit him fled the scene. In the last five years, over 3,800 crashes between bikes and cars have been reported in Maryland, with over 3,000 of these crashes resulting in injuries and 30 fatalities. In a contest between a two ton motor vehicle and a cyclist protected only by a helmet, it's not surprising that these crashes overwhelmingly result in injury to the cyclist.

If you've been injured by a car while riding your bike, you need to know that you have the same rights as a driver of a motor vehicle, in terms of your use of the road and compensation for your injuries. Bicycles are treated as motor vehicles under Maryland law, giving cyclists the right to use the road, but also holding them to the same obligations to follow traffic signals. While cyclists are required to ride as close as practical to the right side of the road, motor vehicles must provide at least three feet of space when passing. If you're struck while safely riding your bike on the side of the road, the motorist most likely violated the three foot rule and you will be entitled to compensation for your injuries, including your medical expenses, time lost from work, and your pain and suffering.

IF you've been injured in a cycling accident, call the experienced attorneys at Portner & Shure today for a free consultation: (301) 854-9000, (410) 995-1515.

Friday, June 16, 2017

Beware of Motorcyclists on the Road in Maryland

Motorcycle safety is often a forgotten focus of other drivers on the road. Now that we are fully in summer, more and more motorcyclists will be hitting the road. As drivers, we often see messages posted on the electronic highway boards reminding us to share the road with motorcyclists. Highways are often not a safe place for motorcyclists because most car and truck drivers do not know the laws when operating a vehicle near a motorcycle. The biggest mistake drivers make is not giving motorcyclists enough space. As a result, accidents occur quite frequently, and the injuries are severe. In fact, every year in Maryland, 70 motorcyclists are killed in accidents and another 1,400 suffer serious injuries in crashes.

Drivers across the state should beware and pay extra attention when driving near a motorcycle on the highway. In accidents involving motorcyclists and cars, it is more likely that the car driver is at fault than the motorcyclist. Vehicle operators often violate the motorcycle’s right of way and often fail to pay proper attention.

The injuries that result from an accident involving a motorcycle are often very serious. Riders lack the same protection that car drivers have when involved in an accident. Motorcyclists are limited to just their head protection when involved in a collision. Riders are sometimes ejected over their handlebars and flung forward or they are trapped under their bike as it skids across the highway.

Motorcyclists are no different from car or truck drivers, and they should not be treated any differently. When a motorcyclist is injured in an accident, an experienced local motorcycle accident attorney can often prove that the accident was caused by the larger vehicle failing to pay proper attention. If you or a loved one has been injured in a motorcycle accident on Maryland’s highways, call the attorneys at Portner & Shure today for a free consultation.