If you’ve been injured due to another person’s negligence you need someone on your side that will help you hold them responsible and to get the compensation you deserve. At Portner & Shure, P.A. Attorneys at Law, our personal injury lawyers have extensive experience helping individuals who’ve been hurt from a variety of different causes.
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When people think of personal injury cases what comes to mind is usually car accidents and slip and fall accidents. However, there are many types of personal injury cases for which you can pursue compensation for damages including those injured by defective products.
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.
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.
On March 6, 2015, our client was involved in an accident that occurred in an I-95 Rest stop parking lot. On the night of the accident, the highway was becoming snow covered, so our client decided to pull into the Rest Stop to wait out the weather. While his vehicle was parked in the lot, the Defendant collided with the rear of our client’s vehicle, which resulted in damage and injuries. The liability insurance adjuster refused to make any good faith offers, with their highest offer coming in at $7,400.00. We filed suit in order to obtain a better result for our client.
This month, Portner & Shure settled an accident case for one of its clients for $500,000.00. Our client was a passenger in the vehicle that caused the accident, which occurred in July 2015 in Virginia. The Uber driver was found to be at fault because he drove through a red light. Our client suffered significant injuries, including a fractured ankle, broken ribs, and a fractured right elbow and right hand. Our client required surgery to repair his elbow and hand. Even after the surgery, our client still experiences limitations in the use of his right hand.
“After being in a four car collision and getting the run around from the insurance company I decided to contact Portner & Shure. My case was assigned to Ms. Christine Airey. Things improved immediately when Christine requested for another insurance adjuster to be assigned to my claim. She also saved me from paying a five hundred dollar deductible. I received a rental car at no cost and my car was completely repaired. I worked really hard to repair my credit and my medical bills were almost three thousand dollars.
We've written before about how you may file a claim against the driver of the vehicle in which you are a passenger. A common problem that arises when this type of claim is filed involves alcohol. Oftentimes, the driver of the vehicle is deemed to be at-fault for the accident and charged with DWI. The insurance company for the driver will always argue the defense of assumption of the risk in order to avoid having to accept liability.