Wrongful Death

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


wrongful death claims maryland virginia washington dc attorneys The loss of a family member is a heartbreaking and difficult experience. Even worse is if their death was caused by the carelessness or negligence of another. The unexpected death of a loved one can create a significant amount of emotional pain for the surviving family members, especially if the deceased was the head of the household or the primary means of financial support.

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.

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.

Frank Wright, an 88 year old Virginia resident, dies on December 23, 2010 when hisRyobi ride-on lawn mower explodedwhile he was using the mower.As a result, Mr. Wright burned to death and a lawsuit against Ryobi and Home Depot ensued.Before trial, both sides remained far apart on a settlement, with Plaintiff’s attorneys demanding $1.4 million and Defendant’s attorneys offering at most $275,000.

In 2008, Manuel Espina was shot by a Prince George’s County police officer and his family sued the county because the officer was a local government employee. Maryland has a law from the 1980s that limits the amount of money people can receive when suing a local government employee to $200,000 per plaintiff or $500,000 for claims connected to a single incident.