Friday, December 16, 2016

What Clients Are Saying December 2016

So happy to have found this firm. They helped me with all my needs in this difficult time. They guided my through the entire process. A special thanks to Amy P. for dealing with me, as I probably called her a hundred times she always had a positive attitude. I would definitely recommend this place to all of my family & friends. Thanks again for your effort”


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

Employee Spotlight December 2016

We want to congratulate Norma Guevara, a paralegal in our Spanish Department, who was just married. She has been with Portner & Shure for 9 years and we are all so happy for her and her husband. Norma already has two kids and recently adopted a third child. All three of them are happy for their mom and very excited about the marriage. Norma and her husband, Pedro, celebrated their honeymoon on the beautiful island of Puerto Rico. Congratulations Norma and Pedro!

Litigation News December 2016

On June 24, 2016, our client was involved in a rear-end car accident in Prince George’s County, Maryland. Just this month, Portner & Shure attorney, Kevin Ruby, and our litigation department helped settle this case prior to trial. Initially, Geico denied liability as they typically do in a low-impact rear-end accident. We filed suit to argue this matter in court. With trial just a few weeks away, Geico made an offer to settle the case. After negotiations, a settlement was reached for $7,850.00. Our client was very happy with this result. 

Words to NEVER say to a Liability Carrier

Our first advice is to never talk to a liability carrier, but if you do, here are some things to never say:
1.      Sorry—implies fault
2.      I’m fine—many injuries take time to show up. Oftentimes you feel far worse the next day
3.      Sure, record me—carriers love to obtain recorded statements.  A person making a claim lying or admitting to something will weaken their claim
4.      Whiplash—insurance industry experts say that this throws up red flags that you are exaggerating the severity of the accident  

If you’ve been injured in an auto accident, talk to an attorney first. Everything you say to the insurance carrier can be used against you in your case and it can significantly limit any possible recovery. Call Portner & Shure today for a free consultation: (301) 854-9000; (410) 995-1515.

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

Monday, October 10, 2016

What Clients Are Saying October 2016

At first I was discouraged when the insurance company denied my car accident claim saying that I made an unsafe lane change. But after speaking with Portner & Shure and the litigation team, we decided to file suit to prove the accident wasn't my fault. Leading up to trial, my paralegal Rebecca Dean stayed in constant contact with me and kept me informed leading up to trial. Attorneys Christina Ruhl and Kevin Ruby prepared me so well for my trial that we won no problem. I was so happy with the outcome and they did an awesome job! I definitely recommend Portner & Shure!


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

Employee Spotlight October 2016

Join us in welcoming Alma to the Portner & Shure family. She recently joined us as a Spanish-speaking receptionist and legal assistant. Alma’s family is from El Salvador, however, she was born in Washington, D.C. Alma has three children, David, Joel, and Sarah. She also has a three year old Maltese/Yorkie mix named Baby. Outside of work, Alma loves to go hiking with her kids, watch movies, and listen to music. Alma is enjoying her time here at the firm so far and is excited to learn a lot. 

Case Result October 2016

             This month, Portner & Shure went up against Geico in a disputed lane change auto accident case. Our client suffered soft tissue injuries to his lower back, right shoulder, right leg, and numbness in his right arm. Geico denied all liability in the accident, and we were forced to file suit. The Court awarded $14, 940.94 plus court costs. Attorney, Kevin Ruby, successfully argued this case in Court. 

Portner & Shure Awarded Innovation in Client Services 2016 Award

Portner & Shure has been selected by Corporate America as winner of the Innovation in Client Services 2016 Award.  This award we are extremely proud of because our selection was dependent on our client testimonials and recommendations.  We strive to make sure our clients are extremely satisfied with the services we provide them.  With numerous 5.0 star reviews on Google+ and Facebook, our reputation speaks for itself.  We know that quick and easy communication is one of the most important things a client requests from their attorney.  Therefore, we pride ourselves on making sure there is effective and immediate communication with all of our clients so that no question goes unanswered.


Corporate America even acknowledges that Portner & Shure excels beyond its competitors in regards to business acumen, team approachability, and innovation when approaching client services.  As a successful Maryland, DC, and Virginia auto accident law firm, we are very proud to be recognized for an award based solely on outstanding client testimonials. Portner & Shure would not be the firm it is today, with over 25 years of service and $200 million recovered for injured accident clients, without the numerous positive client reviews we receive every day.

If you have been injured in an auto accident in Maryland, call us today for a free consultation. 

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 athttp://www.portnerandshure.com/Personal-Injury/

Tuesday, August 16, 2016

Premises Liability for Apartment Owners in Maryland

          With the recent devastating apartment building explosion in Silver Spring, we thought it was important to address the law surrounding this issue of premises liability. A blast of this magnitude usually would not happen absent some form of negligence.
           
          A property owner owes a duty of care to maintain safe premises for its tenants and any visitors.  The property owner is responsible for common areas within the property, including lobbies, stairwells, and hallways.  A property owner cannot be held responsible for unforeseeable dangers because they had no way to expect that this type of danger would occur.  However, if the property owner knew or should have known of a danger and a tenant is injured because of that, the property owner can be held liable for the harm caused under the theory of negligence.


          One example of where a property owner could be held liable for damages caused would be if a tenant reported to the property management that they smelled gas. The property management noted the report, but nothing was ever done after that to investigate the problem further. At a later time, an explosion occurs that is determined to be caused by gas.  In this example, the property owner had notice of the potential hazard before any harm was suffered, yet no action was taken to correct the problem.  As a result, the problem worsened and led to an explosion, which killed and injured several people.

         While we wait to see what the exact cause of the explosion was, it is important to remember that property owners can be held liable for negligent acts or even lack of action that results in serious injury to another.

         If you or a family member have been injured or killed in an accident caused by the negligence of someone else, call us today for a free consultation at (301) 854-9000 or visit us online to learn more at www.portnerandshure.com. 

Monday, July 25, 2016

July Case Result

                        Case Result

In May of 2015, our client N.K case number 212174, was made an offer of 25,000.
Farmers insurance company refused to increase this offer, and merely claimed our client had a significant amount of preexisting problems. 
We filed suit and set times for the surgeons to be deposed as a means to convince the insurance company that this surgery was related. 
We obtained the policy limits a month before trial and reached a $100,000 settlement. 

Tuesday, July 19, 2016

What is Medical Malpractice?

Medical Malpractice Is: 
-          When a medical professional, for example a doctor, a nurse, dentist, technician, hospital, or other health care provider, causes harm or death to a patient by FAILING to provide SUITABLE care.
-          Generally, the medical “standard of care” is the type and amount of skill and attention that a similarly-trained health care professional, in the same community as the defendant, would have provided the patient
-          Examples include misdiagnosis, surgical errors, nursing home abuse, birth injuries, and prescription errors. Additionally, sub-standard care and failure to perform a necessary function in order to prevent harm to a patient are also examples of medical malpractice.
-          A consent form does NOT release a physician from liability who was NEGLIGENT in performing a medical procedure.
If your doctor deviated from the applicable standard of care in performing a procedure and you were injured as a result, signing a consent does not waive your right to bring a medical malpractice claim..
It is critical to note that an error MAY occur and medical Malpractice is not simply “an error in judgement.”
 For example, the procedure may be complex from a medical standpoint, and can come with known risks, and the “error” was simply an offshoot of these risks.
Complications are often not considered as medical malpractice and most of these are contained on the consent form the patient signed before the procedure.
If there were no tangible “damages” from this negligence, there is no ability to file a medical malpractice claim. A quantifiable harm to the patient is required.

There must be a CAUSAL link between the mistake and the MEASURABLE harm inflicted to the patient. This means that if not for the error, the patient would not have experienced a worsening of his or her health. 

Monday, July 11, 2016

Why You Shouldn't Accept Any Settlement for Your Auto Accident Case Without Consulting with an Attorney

When you've been involved in a motor vehicle accident, it's not at all uncommon for the other driver's insurance company to make you an offer very soon after the accident, and before you retain an attorney.  Frequently, the insurance company will offer an amount to pay medical bills you incur within a month of the accident plus a modest amount for your pain and suffering.  The offers generally range from $500 to $2,000.  In the first few days after the accident, the figure being offered may seem like a great deal, but accepting a settlement without consulting with an attorney first is simply a huge mistake for several reasons.

If you accept a settlement before you know the full extent of your injuries and expenses, you will seriously short change yourself and may end up having to pay medical expenses out of your own pocket.  The insurance companies make these offers solely in hopes that they can get out of the case for much less than their actual exposure. 

An attorney can help you coordinate your treatment with medical providers that won't insist on payment up front.  This way you can afford to wait to settle until you know the true value of the case.  An attorney can also help you assess the value of your case to ensure that you are getting a fair settlement.  In almost every case, an attorney can get you a much bigger settlement than what you can get on your own, enough to cover any attorneys' fees and still put a good sum in your pocket.


If the insurance company is making you an early offer or seems overly eager to close your case and send you a check – just say no.  In all instances, this is a huge red flag and you should have an attorney review your case immediately.  

Monday, June 27, 2016

Your Privacy Rights After an Accident

So After an Accident- I No Longer Have Privacy Rights?

When you make a personal injury claim, many people are frequently angry and upset by the invasions of privacy that insurance companies commit while investigating your claim.
They do have the right to examine your medical records and bills.

Surprisingly, if you have depression or anxiety you may also have to turn over mental health records! If you’ve had prior injuries, the insurance company may refuse to settle your claim without seeing your prior medical records.

While this may seem upsetting, insurance companies are entitled to inspect relevant records. They are not entitled to medical information that cannot possibility relate to your claim. In the context of a lawsuit, a set of rules called discovery rules become applicable, entitling the insurance company to ask you to formally produce a few direct items.


At attorney can be useful in getting the best offer your case, while limiting disclosure of your personal information. 
Contact Portner & Shure, P.A. 

Thursday, June 23, 2016

Case Result- June

Recently, Portner & Shure settled a case in Harford County, Maryland for $42,500. Our client was hit by a dump truck that swerved into oncoming traffic and collided with her head-on. As a result, she was rushed to shock trauma and sustained numerous injuries, including a severe strains, contusions, airbag burns, lacerations, and whole body aches. Our client required physical therapy, MRIs, and orthopedic visits.

After lengthy settlement negotiations with the insurance adjuster, Mr. Portner and our paralegal, Pamela Brown, managed to settle the case for $42,500.  Our client was extremely pleased with the result in her case.  

Wednesday, June 22, 2016

Litigation News

In our March newsletter we mentioned a recent policy change by Geico.
This shift was towards opening settlement negotiations with a low offer and then refusing to increase it unless the Plaintiff’s attorney can justify more compensation. Amazingly, even after the need for an increase he been explained, Geico’s offer goes up only a fraction of what is fair.
For us, this manner of negotiating is unacceptable. This month our attorneys were successful in a few major accident trials against Geico. Firstly, in a rear end collision where liability was clear, but they failed to make an offer! The end result of this trial was a $5,231.00 verdict for our client. We will continue to litigate in all cases where Geico refuses to offer our clients proper compensation for medical expenses, lost wages, pain, suffering, and inconvenience

June Employee Spotlight

We are thrilled to introduce our new legal intern Alissa. June was her very first month at the firm!
She recently graduated Magna Cum Laude from Franklin & Marshall College with a bachelor’s degree in Government. 
She was initiated into Phi Beta Kappa Honors Society, Pi Sigma Alpha Government Honors Society, and the John Marshall Pre-Law Honors Society.
She spent the spring of her senior year interning in the Juvenile Court Unit at the Philadelphia District Attorney’s Office. She will be helping our litigation department this summer and managing our social media.

Ali is headed off to University of Maryland Law School in fall, but until then we are excited to have her on our team! 

Monday, June 13, 2016

Live Fast, Die Young

                Tuesday (08/07/2016) three teenage boys were killed in a fatal car accident around 11:30 pm in Montgomery County. Just twelve hours before the schools graduation, the boys were headed south on Burnt Hill Road when control of the vehicle was lost due to speed. When the 1989 Ford left the road it made contact with a tree killing two of the boys instantly, the third boy was taken to Suburban Hospital where he later subdued to his injuries. It was reported that no drugs or alcohol were involved, the accident was purely caused by inexperience and negligence.  It was a tragic loss for the families involved and to the community of Clarksburg High School. The boys were charismatic and very well liked.

Events like this are hard to bear. Speeding is one of the top causes of vehicular death. Parents, stress the dangers of driving over the speed limit to your children. However, even if the boys were not speeding, when a car hits a tree or another stationary object head on at about 35 MPH there is a high likelihood the accident will be fatal. The posted speed limit is set to help maintain the safety of yourself and others for the physical conditions of that road. The road the boys were driving on is fairly windy and high speeds caused them to lose control of the truck while rounding a bend. Always remember to drive responsibly and to adjust your speed accordingly.


                If yourself or a family member have been injured or killed in a Maryland vehicular accident and would like to speak with an experienced personal injury attorney for a free consultation, contact our office at (301) 854-9000 to schedule an appointment at one of our locations throughout Maryland or visit us online at http://www.portnerandshure.com/Personal-Injury/

Friday, June 3, 2016

Your Recklessness is Another Family's Worst Nightmare


After many drivers witnessed a Chevy Impala speeding excessively down MD 198, police were called to the scene of a head-on collision around 10 AM Tuesday morning in Laurel.  The accountable driver blew through a red light causing a fatal accident as he skidded across the dividing line and collided with a Toyota Camry. Unfortunately the accident killed both of the drivers, the victim was pronounced dead at the scene while the driver at fault was flown to shock trauma where he died upon arrival. It is still unknown if he was under the influence of any drugs or alcohol, but it is known that he should not have been speeding in the slightest bit on account of his suspended license.
              
             Drivers, it is important to consider not only the safety of yourself, but to think of other drivers on the road as well. In the state of Maryland statistics show that car accidents kill approximately 580 people every year. In addition to that number, there are about 36,680 who are injured annually in result of an accident. Always remember to watch your speed; driving 20 MPH over the posted speed limit is reckless driving. If you are going faster than 20 MPH over, the police officer does have the option to take your license and charge you with intent to kill. A reckless driving offense may leave you with a misdemeanor, as well as a fine of over $500, and caries 6 points. Never speed so fast you are finding it difficult to maintain control over your vehicle.

  If you have a suspended license, you should not be driving at all unless you have been granted permission to drive within certain hours of the day. In this case it is crucial that you follow all traffic signs and signals to prevent revocation of your license. If you are caught driving and you have a class “H” suspension, this could add 3 points to your license, up to 60 days in jail, and a $500 fine. If you are caught driving with a class “C” suspension you could face up to a year in jail, 12 points added to your license, in addition to a $1000 fine.


                If you or a family member have been injured or killed in a Maryland motor vehicle accident and would like to speak with an experienced attorney free of charge, contact our office at (301) 854-9000 to schedule an appointment at one of our office locations throughout Maryland or visit us online at http://www.portnerandshure.com/Personal-Injury/

Tuesday, May 31, 2016

What's All This PIP About?


                In Maryland it is mandatory for all drivers to carry car insurance by a state recognized provider. In order to protect yourself and others, it is required that your policy covers a minimum of 15K for property damage, 30K for bodily injuries, and at least 60K for the coverage of two or more individuals. While one is forming an insurance plan, Maryland offers something called PIP, this stands for personal injury protection. Now what exactly does PIP do? Personal injury protection covers medical bills for any injuries you may have obtained during an accident. Coverage includes other expenses you’ve had to endure in wake of your injuries, and wages that have been lost. There are benefits to having PIP for such a low cost.

The policy plan has also been referred to as “no fault insurance”, meaning it does not matter who caused the accident, in order to receive compensation. Additionally, PIP holders have the potential to recover twice for their damages.  In cases where the other driver is at fault, you are able to recover wages and medical expenses from both their insurance company, along with your own insurance carrier. If you were interested in adding PIP to your plan, Maryland has a minimum requirement amount of 2.5K. Adding PIP to your plan is generally only a few extra dollars a month. However, it is wildly beneficial to invest a little extra into your PIP package; the more you invest, the more you receive.


If you or a family member have been injured or killed in a Maryland car, truck, or motorcycle accident 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 in Ocean City or throughout Maryland or visit us online at http://www.portnerandshure.com/Personal-Injury/

Thursday, May 19, 2016

Motorcyclist Killed in Ocean City While Evading Police

            A pickup truck and a motorcycle were involved in a deadly accident this afternoon along Coastal Highway.  Before the accident occurred, police were attempting to pull over the motorcycle for a traffic violation.  The motorcyclist sped off to avoid the police around 26th Street.  The exact details surrounding the crash are unknown at this time.  However, we do know that the motorcyclist did not survive the crash.  It is likely that in attempting to evade the police, the motorcyclist was speeding and that might have played a role in the accident.  Coastal Highway between 26th and 28th Streets is still closed while police investigate.
            
           As we close in on the busy summer beach season, it is important to talk about increased traffic and the higher risk of serious accidents on the way to the beach and at the beach.  This weekend is Cruisin’ Weekend in Ocean City, which will bring in over 3,000 cars to show off to the public.  This is always a popular event every year at the beach and results in higher traffic on the roads.  Next weekend is Memorial Day Weekend, which is another busy time at the beach.  Drivers need to remember to remain cautious when driving to the beach so as to avoid an accident as we head into summer.


If you or a family member have been injured or killed in a Maryland car, truck, or motorcycle accident 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 in Ocean City or throughout Maryland or visit us online at http://www.portnerandshure.com/Personal-Injury/

Fatal Accident in Clarksburg, Maryland

            Early this morning on I-270 in Clarksburg, a fatal car accident occurred.  There was a disabled vehicle stopped in the lanes of travel on the highway.  Another car hit the disabled vehicle from behind, which resulted in the death of the disabled vehicle’s driver.  The driver of other vehicle was injured in the collision, but suffered non-life threatening injuries.  Police investigation into the exact cause of the crash continues.  At this point, alcohol does not appear to be factor in the accident.
            
            Disabled vehicles always pose a danger on the road to themselves and to other drivers.  It does not matter whether the vehicle has made it to the shoulder or is stopped in a lane of travel; it is still dangerous.  Darkness at night and inclement weather make it even more dangerous if your vehicle becomes disabled on a highway because other drivers might not see you or will not be able to stop to avoid a crash.  If your vehicle becomes disabled, you should always make sure your lights are on and your hazard lights are flashing so that other cars can see you and avoid an accident. 
            
            Remember, if you are injured in an accident, you should seek medical attention immediately to treat the injuries you sustained.  It is also important to call the police to the scene to document that the other driver was at fault and to collect information on all parties involved and any witnesses to the crash.  Finally, it is important to hire an accident injury attorney to get involved and fight for the compensation you deserve.


If you or a family member have been injured or killed in a Maryland car accident 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 in Columbia or throughout Maryland or visit us online at http://www.portnerandshure.com/Personal-Injury/

Wednesday, May 11, 2016

Maryland Auto Accident Attorney: Litigation News May 2016

This month, our attorneys were successful in two auto accident trials against Geico.  For 2016, Geico instituted a new policy for minor impact low property damage accidents to open settlement negotiations with an offer and then refuse to negotiate in good faith any further.   In both of these Montgomery County, Maryland rear-end accidents, our clients were injured and sought chiropractic treatment for their injuries.  Our attorneys were forced to file suit in both cases because of Geico’s refusal to negotiate a settlement.  In the first case, our client received a verdict of $7,395.  In the second case, our client received a verdict of $8,780.


Instead of trying to negotiate a fair settlement for both clients, Geico adjusters refused, and as a result, they were forced to pay more money in Court than if they would have been willing to negotiate both claims in good faith.  Our attorneys have certainly noticed a pattern here with Geico since they began using this new policy, and if this continues, we will not hesitate to continue filing suit.

Maryland Auto Accident Lawyers: Case Result May 2016

              Recently, Portner & Shure settled a rear-end accident case in Prince George’s County, Maryland for $100,000.  Two years ago, our client was rear-ended on I-495 near the Virginia state line.  As a result, she sustained numerous injuries, the most severe of which being her shoulder, which was torn in the accident.  Our client required two surgeries in order to repair it, as well as physical therapy.  After lengthy settlement negotiations with the insurance adjuster, Mr. Portner and our paralegal, Amy Patton, managed to settle the case for $100,000.  Our client was extremely pleased with the result in her case.  

Tuesday, May 10, 2016

What Clients Are Saying May 2016

“I was recommended by a friend to Portner & Shure and I will do the same. I have been very satisfied by the way Christine Airy has helped me though the process. Christine has done an excellent job communicating with me by email, text, calls to keep me informed about my case. I just want to say thank you again Christine for your professionalism and kindness.”


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

Tuesday, May 3, 2016

Prior Accidents - How Will They Affect My Maryland Car Accident Case?

  • If you've been in prior accidents, it may have an effect on your case, but not always as much, or in the way that you would imagine.
    • For example, if you're involved in a case where the other driver claims you are at fault - the fact that you may have caused an accident in the past has absolutely no bearing on fault in your current case.  
  • However, if you have sustained injuries in prior accidents, this is likely to be relevant to your current personal injury case.
    • If you've ever made a personal injury claim before, most likely, the insurance company for the other driver involved in your accident will be aware of this.
    • A prior injury doesn't have to be an insurmountable challenge in your case if its handled the right way.  
      • The most important thing for you to do is to be up front with your doctors about any prior injuries, even if you made a full recovery before getting injured again.
      • If your doctors are aware of your medical history, their opinions about causation of your current injury will be strengthened.  
      • If your doctor does not know about a prior injury, the insurance company may deny the claim, basing it on the fact that your doctor was not aware of your history.
  • If you've had a prior injury and you recovered and completed treatment before your current case, it shouldn't present too much of a problem for you.
  • It's somewhat more complicated when you are still suffering from an injury, and then you get in another accident.
    • While these cases are a little more difficult, you can still make a claim for the exacerbation of your injury and the additional medical treatment you had to get which you would not have needed otherwise.
    • Again, being forthcoming with your doctor is key.  
    • If you are currently treating with a doctor and sustain a new injury, you should tell that doctor right away so it can be accurately reflected in the medical reports.
    • This will be the best way to protect your case.
               If you or a family member have been injured or killed in a Maryland car accident due to 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 in Rockville or throughout Maryland or visit us online athttp://www.portnerandshure.com/Auto-Accidents/

Friday, April 29, 2016

Maryland Accident Lawyer: Why You Should Carry Collision Coverage on Your Car

   ·         If you don’t carry your own collision coverage, and you’re involved in an accident where the other driver won’t admit fault, you could be stuck without a vehicle for months.
o   You may think that you’re a careful driver, who would never cause an accident, so you shouldn’t need this coverage.
o   And you may really be an extremely good driver – but that doesn’t mean that the at fault driver will always accept responsibility for an accident without a fight.
   ·         Consider these common scenarios.
o   You’re stopped at a red light.  Then all of a sudden you feel an impact.  You get out of the car and see that you’re the front car in a pileup.
§  Clearly, this accident is anybody’s fault except for yours.  But if the drivers of the vehicles behind you can’t agree on whether it’s the last car that started the whole thing, or whether two of the vehicles actually contributed, you won’t see anyone taking full responsibility and you won’t be seeing a check for your property damage until those two drivers fight it out in court.
o   You slow down for traffic and get struck in the rear.  There’s only one other vehicle that appears to be involved in the accident.  But then the driver who rear ended you claims that a phantom vehicle actually caused the accident and pushed him into you.
§  Again, not having collision coverage will put you in a situation where you’re counting on people to do the right thing.  In this scenario you’ll have to wait until your court date before you’ll have your property damage fixed.
o   Not to mention a serious liability dispute, for example a lane change or red light dispute.  These cases often come down to word vs. word and if you don’t have your own coverage, you could be out of a car for good.
o   Keep in mind that you may have to pay for your own estimate, or pay for the repairs on your own, before you can ask for reimbursement from the liability carrier.  The costs you pay to obtain the estimate will not be reimbursed.
   ·         If you choose to carry collision coverage you can save yourself a big headache by making your claim through your own insurance carrier if the other driver won’t accept responsibility.
o   If you’ve been in an accident, the last thing you want to worry about is getting your car repaired or replaced.
o   If you have collision coverage, your carrier will estimate the damage and get the vehicle repaired.

o   Then they will attempt to recover that amount from the at fault driver – including any deductible you paid.

If you or a family member have been injured or killed in a Maryland car accident 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 in Columbia or throughout Maryland or visit us online at http://www.portnerandshure.com/Personal-Injury/

Wednesday, April 20, 2016

Maryland Car Accident Lawyer: How Much Money Should I File for in my Lawsuit?

·         When you file a lawsuit for personal injuries, you have to make a decision about how much money you are going to request in your lawsuit.
o   There are two different trial courts in Maryland – the district court and the circuit court.
o   The amount of money that you sue for will determine which court to put the case in, and what types of evidentiary and procedural requirements will apply to your case.
·         The quantity of your medical bills and the severity or permanent nature of your injury are obviously the foremost considerations when deciding how much to file for in your lawsuit.
o   If you have a very serious injury, for example, a tear in a tendon in your shoulder or knee, or a herniation in your spine that required surgery, the decision is easy – it’s a circuit court case.
o   But if you had an injury which you were able to recover from and your bills are not astronomical, filing suit in the district court may make more sense for you.
·         Circuit Court
o   When you file suit in the circuit court you’re suing for $75,000 and above
o   While circuit court cases allow you to request the highest compensation for your case, circuit court cases are also more expensive to litigate and much more time consuming.
§  (1) The filing fees are higher – difference is 100’s of dollars
§  (2) In the Circuit Court, you must ask your doctors to testify on your behalf at trial, and you must pay them for their time.  This can range from $2,500 to $5,000 or more.
§  (3) The opposing attorney will be entitled to take your deposition and ask you questions about your prior medical condition or other accidents.  There are also fees associated with depositions.
§  (4) All circuit court cases are heard before a jury, not a judge.
§  (5) You must attend pretrial conferences, and court ordered mediations.
§  (6) The entire process can take 18 months to two years.
·         District Court
o   In the district court you are limited to asking for a maximum of $30,000.
o   Filing suit in the district court has a number of advantages, despite the cap on recovery.
§  You will save time, money, and aggravation.
§  (1) In the district court, you can simply submit your medical records and bills to the judge.  You don’t have to ask your doctors to testify or pay the costs associated with their testimony.  This will save you $1,000s of dollars.
§  (2) The trial will be streamlined in front of a judge.  You won’t have to go through a jury trial. 
§  (3) You won’t have to attend a deposition or any pretrial conferences.

§  (4) You can expect the entire process to wrap up much more quickly and with a lot less of your personal involvement.

If you or a family member have been injured or killed in a Maryland car accident 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 in Frederick or throughout Maryland or visit us online at http://www.portnerandshure.com/Personal-Injury/