Auto Accident

Portner & Shure Law Firm Serving Maryland, Virginia & Washington D.C.


The immediate aftermath of a car accident can be filled with a myriad of emotions. What you do at that time is critical to your well-being and any personal injury claim you may make. At Portner & Shure, P.A. Attorneys at Law, we want you to be informed of the right and wrong things to do after an accident so you can be prepared. Please view our infographic below to learn a little more about what you should and shouldn’t do after a car accident.

We see this issue crop up all the time in accident cases--our client suffered significant injuries and their medical bills exceed $100,000, yet the defendant driver's insurance policy has a $50,000 limit. If you are trying to handle your accident case on your own, you may think that you are out of luck and have no way to recover any more money in compensation for your injuries. However, if you hired a lawyer to handle your claim, your lawyer would inform you that you are NOT out of luck.

Here's something you probably have never thought of: what happens if you're injured in an accident caused by a speeding emergency vehicle?

We see police cars, fire trucks, and ambulances speeding by us everyday on the roadways. In Maryland, operators of emergency vehicles have certain privileges when it comes to traffic laws, but that does not mean that they are completely immune from liability if they negligently cause an accident.

Common practice in all personal injury cases is for an attorney to do work based on a contingency fee. Many people are usually confused as to what a contingency fee means. They immediately hear the word fee and worry that they are required to pay something, even if their case is lost. That is NOT the case at all. A contingency fee means that there is NO attorney's fee UNLESS you win your case. In other words, if we do NOT win your case, there is NO attorney's fee. There is absolutely no risk in hiring an attorney to represent you in a personal injury case, but much to gain.

If you've been injured in an auto accident due to someone else's negligence, you may think that it is not a big deal and you can resolve any issues on your own. That is not always the case, however. You may think it is a straightforward process, but it can be quite complex. Dealing with insurance companies after an accident can be frustrating, and oftentimes, insurance companies will not make fair settlement offers when they know someone is not represented by an attorney. In fact, insurance adjusters will try to pay you as little as little as they can to make your case go away.

This month we are recognizing paralegal, Esther You, who works in our Vienna, Virginia office. Esther has worked for Portner & Shure for nearly 8 years now. She was born in South Korea and moved to the United States when she was 8 years old. She grew up in Glen Burnie and Columbia, Maryland, and now lives in Fairfax, Virginia with her husband and kitten named Max. In her free time, Esther enjoys snowboarding, cooking, and entertaining friends at her home.