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Portner & Shure Law Firm Serving Maryland, Virginia & Washington D.C.
Drivers carry a risk in every state, but some cities are more dangerous than others. Several institutions have analyzed the data between the top one or two hundred cities in the United States, and Baltimore ranks on all of them.
When you are involved in an accident, one of your first worries is how much your insurance rates will increase. Many accident victims are also afraid to file a claim against the other driver because they think that their insurance rates will go up.
Although about 95% of all auto accident cases settle before litigation arises, sometimes court is necessary in order to obtain the compensation the client is entitled. There are many different reasons why a car accident case does not settle, including a liability dispute, minimal property damage, and factual disputes. When an insurance company refuses to make a settlement offer or makes a low settlement offer, a lawsuit is necessary in order to get compensation for the client.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.