2016-2017 Case Results

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

Over the last 20 years Portner & Shure’s recoveries have exceeded $250 Million dollars.  As a result, there are too many large recoveries to list.  Below we list some of our larger recoveries prior to 2016.  In addition, we set forth many of our large monthly recoveries since January 2016. 

Past results do not necessarily reflect recoveries in any future cases, all cases and fact patterns are different, and therfore comparisons should not be made.

November 2017

Case #220464, $100,000 Settlement

Carrier: Erie Insurance

Attorney:  Jonathan N. Portner

Paralegal:  Sarah Sadler

T-bone accident where our client was driving straight on Route 50 and the Defendant pulled out from a side street and struck the driver’s side of our client’s vehicle. Client suffered serious injuries to his back and left hip. Our client was 25 at the time of the accident, very athletic, and in great physical condition. Erie’s offer was $80,000.  Mr. Portner and Mrs. Sadler argued that during surgery the surgeon noted a significant CAM impingement.  Clients inabilities and daily struggles were further argued.  Erie conceded and offered the full policy.

August 2017

Case #213017, $655,000 Settled while in litigation

Carrier: Allstate Insurance

Attorney:  Kevin Ruby

Paralegal:  Lora Hatton

Rear-end accident where our client was hit in her work vehicle while stopped at a red light in Loudoun County, Virginia. Client suffered injuries to her neck, back, and right shoulder, with the neck and shoulder requiring surgery. Client was not able to work after the accident due to a permanent shoulder injury. Suit was filed because our client’s medical expenses and lost wages exceeded the Defendant’s insurance policy and no offer of settlement was made. Suit was filed in Loudoun County Circuit Court.  No offer was made until after depositions were completed. The case was mediated before a retired Supreme Court of Virginia Judge and settled just weeks before trial. A workers’ compensation lien of almost $500,000.00 was negotiated and reduced at the same time as counsel for the Plaintiff worked with both defense attorneys to resolve the claim.

July 2017

Case #216954, $250,000 Settled while in litigation

Attorney:  Kevin Ruby

Paralegal:  Lora Hatton

Our client was run over by a shopping cart that was being pushed by a volunteer in a cafeteria on the Quantico Virginia Base. Our client suffered from a broken foot, and as a result of that injury, she developed Complex Regional Pain Syndrome (CRPS). At first, there appeared to be no insurance coverage because the defendant was volunteering her time at the base and had no employer at the time. After substantial investigation, it was determined that the defendant owned a home. After initial denials, her homeowner’s policy was forced to provide coverage for Plaintiff’s injuries. There was an argument that there was no negligence on the part of the defendant because this type of occurrence happens every day and this type of injury is not foreseeable in a shopping cart accident. Counsel for Plaintiff also negotiated Tricare liens in order to maximize the client’s recovery. 

June 2017

Case #219311, $250,000 Settled while in litigation

Carrier: Nationwide

Attorney:  Kevin Ruby

Paralegal:  Esther Yu

Automobile accident in Loudoun County, Virginia where our client was hit head-on by a drunk driver who was coming down Route 28 in the wrong direction. The defendant had a 0.17 blood alcohol concentration, therefore, punitive damages were possible. Our client’s vehicle had extensive damage and was deemed a total loss. Client suffered broken ribs, laceration on his right hand requiring stitches, and a dislocated shoulder. Suit was filed because the liability carrier failed to conclude their coverage investigation in a timely manner. Well after suit was filed, Nationwide made a $150,000 offer. After arguing with the liability adjuster, a new offer of $250,000 was extended and the case was settled.

Case #214695, $400,000 Settled while in litigation.  Fairfax County Motorcycle Accident

Attorney:  Kevin Ruby

Paralegal:  Lora Hatton

Motorcycle accident where our client was the motorcyclist and the Defendant made an illegal left turn directly in front of him. Client suffered broken bones in his foot and required surgery. Suit was filed because treatment was going to extend past the statute of limitations. Suit was filed in Fairfax County Circuit Court.  After suit was filed and depositions were taken, liability was accepted by the primary insurer and their coverage extended. At the same time, the underinsured motorist coverage made no additional settlement offers. After a review of independent medical examinations and proposed testimony of plaintiff’s experts, the defense attorney resumed negotiations just weeks before trial. At that point, a settlement agreement was reached.

May 2017

Case #214502, $180,000 Settled without litigation

Carriers: State Farm and Geico

Attorney:  Jonathan Portner

Paralegal:  Christine Phong

Automobile accident where our client was cut off by the defendant who made an illegal left turn and then hit our client head-on. Our client’s vehicle had extensive damage and was deemed a total loss. Client suffered abrasions and numbness to her arms and hands, as well as soft tissue injuries to her neck and back. Liability insurance had a minimal policy of just $30,000, so an underinsured motorist (UIM) claim was created as well. The $30,000 policy was offered by liability insurance. After several weeks of negotiations by Mr. Portner and Ms. Phong with the UIM carrier, an offer of $150,000 was accepted.

Case #217217, $100,000 Settled for policy limits without litigation

Carrier: Agency Insurance Company

Attorney:  Kevin Ruby

Paralegal:  Lora Hatton

Portner & Shure settled a pedestrian accident case in Fairfax, Virginia. The incident happened in July 2015 at the entrance ramp for I-495 as our client was in a marked crosswalk. The Defendant failed to see our client as he was crossing in the crosswalk and struck him directly. Our client suffered severe injuries and spent significant time in the hospital. He was diagnosed with a hip fracture and other injuries. He had close to $500,000 in total medical bills. The Defendant’s policy limit was only $100,000, our paralegals and attorneys had to work tirelessly to get reductions from the hospitals. After a long process of trying to obtain these reductions in order to get our client compensation, we managed to work it out so that our client would net $52,519.38. This was an excellent result considering that we were extremely limited by the low policy limit.

April 2017

Case #214363, $185,000 Settled while in litigation

Attorney:  Kevin Ruby

Paralegal:  Lora Hatton

Carrier presuit argued that all of clients back issues were pre-existing.  As a result, no offer was made presuit.  Suit was filed in Loudoun County Circuit Court.  The case settled approximately one month prior to trial.

February 2017

Case # 213977, $240,000 Settled

Attorneys:  Jonathan Portner

Paralegal:  Pam Brown

Client sustained both a herniated disc and disc bulges from the accident.  While neither required surgery, the injuries left him unable to perform his job as a contractor.  Case settled against Donegal Insurance Company for $240,000 after we were able to successfully prove the future lost wage claim.

Case # 215683, $100,000 Settled prior to trial while in litigation

Attorneys:  Kevin Ruby

Paralegal:  Lora Hatton

Slip and fall at Giant.  Client injured her knee due to leaky water from a broken freezer.  Presuit offer was $68,000.  Suit was filed in the Circuit Court for Fairfax County, VA.  Case settled for $100,000 approximately one more prior to trial.

January 2017

Case # 216565, $195,000, Settled

Attorneys:  Jonathan Portner/Richard Shure

Paralegal:  Elizabeth Bermudez

Claim against Nationwide.  Prince William Virginia auto accident claim.  Client sustained a wrist fracture.  Medicals bills totaled $74,000.  Slight permanency.  Mr. Portner along with Elizabeth helped persuade the carrier that the client’s activities were still affected by wrist pain and decreased mobility.  Bills were covered by health insurance and the carrier had no right to subrogation.

Case # 215737, $500,000, Settled

Attorneys:  Jonathan Portner/Richard Shure

Paralegal:  Rebecca Dean

Claim against James River Insurance Company (Uber).  Alexandria Virginia accident claim.  Client sustained an elbow fracture and multiple rib fractures.  Elbow injury required surgery.  Medical bills totaled $150,000.  There was minimal permanency.  Again, Mr. Portner was able to argue that the client’s daily activities were still adversely affected by the elbow injury and would continue to be.

December 2016

Case # 217413, $100,000, Settled without litigation for the policy

Attorneys:  Jonathan Portner/Richard Shure

Paralegal:  Rebecca Dean

Claim against State Farm.  Centreville, Virginia car accident claim.  Client sustained a right femur fracture requiring surgery.  Case settled for all the available insurance coverage.  Rebecca was able to get the majority of these bills waived and/or paid outside of the liability policy.

Case #217413, $100,000, settled with State Farm Insurance Company.

Attorneys:  Jonathan Portner/Richard Shure

Paralegal:  Rebecca Dean

Client was a passenger in a vehicle that struck a tree.  Injury was a right femur fracture.  Health insurance had no right of subrogation in Virginia for these medical bills.  As a result, client was able to net the majority of the liability policy.

Case #212311, $100,000, settled while in litigation at Mediation for full policy.

Attorneys:  Jonathan Portner/Kevin Ruby

Paralegal:  Lora Hatton

Claim against USAA Insurance Company.  Columbia, Maryland automobile accident claim.  Client’s medical expenses were under $20,000.  The case centered around a large lost wage claim.  After the Mediation, defense counsel agreed the policy should be offered.

November 2016

Case #213919, $275,000, settled while in litigation from Zurich American Insurance Co.

Attorneys:  Jonathan Portner/Kevin Ruby

Paralegal:  Lora Hatton

Anne Arundel County rearend collision.  Client experienced significant back pain resulting in a spinal fusion.  Client had an excellent recovery from surgery.  Medicals totaled approximately $100,000.  Lora from our office was able to get the medical lien reduced by over 50%.  Pre-suit offer was $75,000.

October 2016

Case #216782, $260,806, This case resulted from a Jury verdict

Attorneys:  Kevin Ruby

Paralegal:  Lora Hatton

The client’s injuries were largely soft tissue.  However, Plaintiff had an expert who testified that regardless of that fact, the injuries had not resolved.  As a result, Plaintiff had a significant loss of income claim.  Defense counsel argued our case was ridiculous and had little or no value.

Case #216652, $100,000, Settled for the policy against State Farm

Attorneys:  Jonathan Portner/Kevin Ruby

Paralegal:  Lora Hatton

Plaintiff had significant injuries and medical bills as a result of this Baltimore City, MD accident.  State Farm claimed the majority were not related.  Immediately after taking this case, Mr. Portner had Mr. Ruby file a lawsuit.  After the client’s deposition, the case settled for the policy.  Lora was then able to get the medical liens drastically reduced.

Case #216335, $100,000, Settled without litigation for the policy

Attorneys:  Jonathan Portner/Richard Shure

Paralegal:  Esther You

Claim against State Farm.  Vienna, Virginia accident claim.  Client sustained multiple fractures and was admitted to Fairfax Hospital.  Experienced cognitive impairment.  Case resolved for all the available insurance company.

Case #215241, $140,000, settled without litigation

Attorneys:  Jonathan Portner/Richard Shure

Paralegal:  Christine Airey

Claim against Erie Insurance Group.  Maryland car accident claim.  Client required right shoulder arthroscopy.  No permanency.  Rehabilitation was done over approximately four months.

September 2016

Case #212540, $360,000, settled while in litigation

Attorneys:  Paul Beckman/Richard Shure

Paralegal:  Claudia Hernandez

Baltimore, MD medical malpractice case.  Client was given morphine to take  home after gall bladder surgery.  Plaintiff died to the fact he was allergic to morphine.

August 2016

Case #214595, $110,000, settled prior to trial while in litigation against Progressive and Alfa Insurance Company.

Attorneys:  Kevin Ruby/Christina Ruhl

Paralegal:  Lora Hatton

The accident happened in Fairfax County, Virginia our client was an intoxicated passenger passed out at the time of the collision.  Hit his head and suffered from a severe concussion.  Treatment was done through a concussion clinic.  Issue dealt with clients awareness of the drivers intoxicated state, doctrine of Assumption of Risk.

July 2016

Case #216601, $492,500, settled without litigation for all the available coverage.

Attorneys:  Jonathan Portner/Richard Shure

Paralegal:  Rebecca Dean

Claim against Nationwide Insurance Company.  Chantilly, Virginia accident claim.  Numerous fractures along with high hospital bills.  Client refused to accept anything less than the full policy.  Ultimately Nationwide agreed and settled for the full available coverage.

Case #214408, $400,000, settled against Companion Property and Casualty.

Attorneys:  Jonathan Portner/Kevin Ruby

Paralegal:  Rebecca Dean

Fairfax County, Virginia accident wherein the client sustained disc herniations at L4 and L5 requiring surgery.  Medicals totaled $90,000.  Mr. Portner argued future lost wages amounted to several years of lost income.  Carrier initially disagreed.  Case settled after Mr. Portner had suit filed and the defendant was served.

Case #212313, $125,000, settled without litigation

Attorneys:  Kevin Ruby/Jonathan Portner

Paralegal:  Lora Hatton

Aggravation case.  Client had rotator cuff surgery 3 months prior to the accident.  Prior lumbar surgery, and knee issues.  Claims all were aggravated.  Treatment largely physical therapy.  Medicals totaled $18,000.

Case #212749, $265,000, settled while in litigation

Attorneys:  Jonathan Portner/Richard Shure

Paralegals:  Rebecca Dean/Lora Hatton

Claim against Federated Insurance Company.  Fairfax County, Virginia accident case.  Liability dispute.  Defense claimed they had a witness statement that indicated our client was liable.  In short, they believe it proved contributory negligence and they would win at trial.  After all the witnesses were deposed by Mr. Ruby, the carrier reversed its position and settled the claim.

May 2016

Case #213360, $650,000, settled While In Litigation with AIG Claims and GEICO Insurance Companies just prior to trial

Attorneys:  Kevin Ruby

Paralegal:  Lora Hatton

Fairfax County car accident claim, wrongful death.  No offer prior to our filing a lawsuit.  Client was a passenger.  The claim was presented again Virginia Department of Transportation and a private contractor for not properly marking a work zone.  As a result of the negligent placing of the cones, the driver of our vehicle hit a barrier wall killing the passenger, our client.  Defense claimed the driver of the vehicle in which our client was a passenger was intoxicated and was contributory negligent.  The Defense further alleged that our client, the passenger, was aware of the driver's intoxication and was therefore also contributory negligent.  Given the horrendous nature of the accident and the fatalities involved, the defendants agreed to settle the claim before a trial in front of a jury.

Case #213586, $105,000, settled without litigation with Broadspire and Crawford and Company Insurance.

Attorneys:  Kevin Ruby

Paralegal:  Rebecca Dean

Case settled for full and final plus 18 months of open medicals in this workers’ compensation claim.  The client sustained a rotator cuff injury with right shoulder arthoscopy.

April 2016

Case #215094, $100,000, settled with GEICO Insurance Companies

Attorneys:  Jonathan Portner

Paralegal:  Amy Patton

Columbia, Maryland automobile accident claim resulted in the client having a neck fusion.  Case settled for the total combined coverage.  Liability and UIM.  Medical expenses totaled $60,000.  Amy was able to get expenses reduced to $18,000.  Client came to Portner & Shure after firing another law Firm that could not handle the medical lien issue.

Case #213785, $100,000, this Riverdale accident claim settled for the full policy limits from Allstate Insurance while in litigation.

Attorneys:  Kevin Ruby/Jonathan Portner

Paralegal:  Lora Hatton

Prior to suit Allstate offered Mr. Portner it’s full policy of $30,000 but the UIM carrier refused to offer anything.  Mr. Portner moved the file to litigation.  The claim ultimately settled at the Settlement Conference during litigation.  The UIM carrier claimed they had the medicals peer reviewed and injuries were neither significant nor related.  The carrier capitulated after months of litigation.

March 2016

Case #213070, $100,000, settled while in litigation.

Attorneys:  Jonathan Portner/Kevin Ruby

Paralegal:  Lora Hatton/Pam Brown

Fairfax, Virginia workers’compensation and accident claim.  A lawsuit was filed for the auto case.  The issue centered on resolving the permanency claim and reducing the lien.  Comp issues needed to be resolved first.  Claim resolution centered around the Firms ability to reduce the workers’ comp lien by more than 50%.

Case #214053, $157,500, settled prior to trial while in litigation from Gallagher Bassett Services.

Attorneys:  Kevin Ruby/Christina Ruhl

Paralegal:  Lora Hatton

This Loudoun County Virginia car accident closed in part due to a mistake made by the defendant’s in litigation.  During discovery defense counsel had our client seen for an IME with Dr. Hope.  Dr. Hope wrote a typical IME report down playing the client’s injuries.  Defense counsel and Dr. Hope failed to realize that Dr. Hope had seen the client for a treating consult.  There, his opinion was different.

Awarded Amount: 
$25,000,000.00
Case Result Category: 
Car Accident
Case Date: 
Each Year Annually