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What Should You Do After A Motorcycle Accident in Baltimore, Maryland?

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What Should You Do After A Motorcycle Accident in Baltimore, Maryland?


Baltimore, Maryland is the largest city in Maryland, and the 26th largest city in the United States with a population over 600,000.  With traffic being a major issue in the city, one must be wary of traffic accidents.  Motorcycle accidents are one of the most dangerous types of accidents because motorcyclists lack the same protection as cars and trucks.  Motorcycles do not have airbags, windshields or seatbelts to protect them in an accident.  After a motorcycle accident has occurred, it is important for you, as the rider, to follow these tips to protect your personal safety and to ensure your best chance at getting the compensation you deserve.




Escape Immediate Danger and Seek Medical Attention




Nearly 62% of motorcycle accidents involve fuel leaks.  You must distance yourself from the motorcycle if there is a leak.  Further, make sure no one lights an open flame, including flares, near the scene of the accident if there is gasoline leaking.  If you are injured, you should be taken to a hospital for immediate care.  Common injuries resulting from a motorcycle accident include scrapes and bruises, broken arms and/or legs, and concussions.  It is important that a doctor examines your injuries to determine the severity.






Stay Calm and Remain Silent




After any traumatic event, such as an accident, your body's adrenaline may cause you to act irrationally.  Remain calm by taking deep breaths and sitting down.  Do not talk to anyone because adrenaline sometimes causes people to speak without thinking, and it is important to avoid admitting fault.






Do Not Leave the Scene of the Accident




Make sure you exchange information with all involved parties and wait for the police to arrive.  By leaving after the accident, you open yourself up to a hit and run felony charge.






Keep Records of All Documents Related to the Accident




It is very important to keep a record of all expenses you incurred as a result of the accident.  Some common expenses include doctor's visits, repairs and lost wages from time missed at work.






Call the Police




A police report is important because it will document the facts of the crash, the parties involved and record of any witnesses.  If police do not arrive at the scene, it is best to file a report later at the police station.






Seek Professional Legal Counsel







Call an experienced motorcycle accident attorney to help you recover any benefits to which you may be entitled.  It is important to call a lawyer as soon as possible to assure that all evidence and witnesses do not disappear.

Korean AccidentLawyer Maryland

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Korean AccidentLawyer Maryland


 3 Reasons Why Our Paralegals are some of the best


First, people often ask me if I'm upset that attorney Bob Katz hires my former employees. I know that currently three of my former staff members work for him. None of course quit to go there, and all left after being trained by Portner & Shure. I am not upset. Instead, I am proud that even our former employees are considered an asset to Bob Katz. In fact, one former Korean employee does his new case screening. Further, one of our former paralegals now services the Korean community for Mr. Katz.


Second, our paralegals are trained on a case management system known as Needles. Even Bob is aware of the training our employees are given on this system, and acknowledges that this system is the best way to manage personal injury cases.


Third, our current paralegals are trained on the colussus system. The colussus system is used by the insurance carriers to evaluate claims. Paralegals who understand how this system works understands how to value a case.

Maryland Workers' Compensation Attorney

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Maryland Workers' Compensation Attorney


With the recent opening of the Horseshoe Casino in downtown Baltimore, the gambling industry is quickly becoming one of the largest employers in the state of Maryland. The new MGM Casino is set to open in 2016 in Prince George's County, and will join Maryland's existing casinos, including Maryland Live and the Casino at Ocean Downs, in an industry that is booming and looking for workers.


It takes an unbelievable amount of workers to keep large scale casinos operating. A casino needs dealers, security, cleaning staff, valets, cashiers, chefs, servers, cocktail waitresses, bartenders, emergency medical staff, groundskeepers, maintenance, you name it! Not to mention, management and human resources staff. With such a high volume of workers, some injuries on the job are inevitable. Consider security staff, who risk injury when dealing with fights and unruly patrons, or the variety of ways kitchen staff or maintenance workers could injure themselves on the job.


Most of the time, injuries on the job occur in one identifiable accident and the worker has no problem reporting the injury and obtaining benefits through workers compensation. A more complicated situation arises when the injury is actually an occupational disease that manifests over time.


For example, one of the toughest positions for a casino to fill is its dealers. These workers are must be highly skilled and are in high demand. Dealing cards may seem like a job with little risk of injury, until you consider the repetitive hand and wrist movements involved, which can lead to carpal tunnel syndrome, a common occupational disease. Carpal tunnel syndrome can be a debilitating condition, causing numbness, pain, and tingling in the wrists and hands. It can also affect grip and manual dexterity. If you deal cards for a living, this condition could affect your ability to work significantly. It may also require medical treatment, such as physical therapy or even surgery.


Fortunately, carpal tunnel and other occupational diseases are compensable through workers compensation - but you must be careful to give timely notice to your employer, or else your claim could be denied. Notify your employer as soon as you notice any symptoms whatsoever, such as tingling in the wrists. Don't wait six months until you are no longer able to use your hands at all before you tell someone. If it's bothering you, tell your employer and get checked out by a doctor. If you are unsure what to do, call an attorney who can navigate the process for you, obtain benefits, and even get you set up with a doctor to get you the treatment you need.


If you are working for one of Maryland's casinos, be sure to check your contract to see if it classifies you as an employee or an independent contractor. If your contract classifies the casino as a client, and you as an independent contractor, it may also state that the casino is not required to carry workers compensation coverage for you. Always be aware of the contents of your contract so that you can take the steps you need to protect your health.

Drug Suspects Cause Car Accident That Results In Fatality

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Drug Suspects Cause Car Accident That Results In Fatality
A few weeks ago, two undercover Baltimore City Police officers witnessed a drug transaction between two suspects on Gwynn Oak Avenue in Northwest Baltimore, Maryland. The suspects attempted to evade the police as they sped away from the scene. They struck a civilian vehicle that was being operated by an elderly couple. One of the victims was pronounced dead at the scene while the other was transported to Shock Trauma in serious condition.

After searching the vehicle, the suspects were discovered to be in possession of 38 grams of uncut heroin. They are facing serious drug charges fleeing and alluding charges. They need separate defense counsel, since the driver of the vehicle may face more serious charges and the possibility of vehicular manslaughter.

Although the family of the deceased could pursue a wrongful death claim against the drivers automobile insurance carrier it is highly likely that any claim for property damage or personal injuries would be denied since the vehicle was in the commission of a crime when the accident occurred. In other words, because the suspects were evading the police, the insurance carrier may no longer be responsible for any damages caused as a result thereof. However, an Uninsured Motorist Claim may be pursued to help the injured party with medical expenses or even helped the family of the deceased with burial costs. Further, the police department could have some responsibility for the accident if the investigation revealed they did not follow proper protocol.

If you, a family, member or someone you know has been involved in an automobile accident and sustained bodily injuries or if you would like more information on automobile accidents, please contact Portner & Shure. Our Maryland accident lawyers are available to provide you with a free legal consultation.

Rear-end Collision in Montgomery County, Rockville, Maryland: Can You Prove Fault?

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Rear-end Collision in Montgomery County, Rockville, Maryland: Can You Prove Fault?
A Korean gentleman called our personal injury hotline this weekend and relayed the following facts, through one of our Korean auto accident interpreters. He stated he slowed and nearly stopped at a yellow light because the car stopped in front of him. The car drove away, and he was then hit twice from behind. He indicated that he believed he could not be at fault since he was rear-ended, wanted to make an injury claim, but was concerned since he was given a ticket at the scene. See a problem?

The Korean gentleman was alone in the car at the time of the accident. When the police came the two cars that hit him stated he stopped for no reason. The police did not call for a Korean interpreter. Korean interpreters are available through the operator. However, the police certainly don't have as many interpreters on staff who speak Korean as they do Spanish. Therefore, the call was not easy, and was not made. Further, the Korean gentleman was alone at the time of the car accident and he failed to call or get someone to the scene who spoke English. With no witness, and no ability to explain himself, he received a ticket for the accident solely because he spoke Korean and no English. Clearing the matter up later will prove futile. The accident claim was lost at that moment.

Obviously, if you don't speak English you need to be prepared for this type of situation. Spanish interpreters are readily available in accident situations. However, we have seen this same situation repeat itself countless times in situations where our Chinese speaking clients have been involved in motor vehicle accidents where they sustain injuries throughout Maryland and Virginia.

If you have been involved in an automobile accident and would like a free legal consultation or if you would like more information on car accidents please feel free to contact our office or visit us on the web at www.portnerandshure.com. Further, if you need an interpreter who speaks Spanish, Chinese or Korean at the scene of an automobile accident, you may call our firm in Maryland at 301-854-9000 or 410-995-1515 and in Virginia at 703-916-1227.

Accident in Maryland, Virginia, or Washington, D.C., Can You See an Acupuncturist?

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Accident in Maryland, Virginia, or Washington, D.C., Can You See an Acupuncturist?
Many of our Korean and Chinese speaking automobile accident clients prefer a doctor who speaks their native language. Many of these same personal injury clients prefer an acupuncture doctor over a chiropractor or an orthopaedist. The questions presented are what is appropriate medical care, and what is appropriate care in an accident case in Maryland, Virginia, or the District of Columbia.

Assuming the injury was not a bulging or herniated disc, our personal injury clients have treated with acupuncturists and have at the same time obtained great physical results from them, as well as great monetary results from insurance companies. Obtaining medical treatment from acupuncturists is a common occurrence in the Chinese community throughout Rockville, Silver Spring, and Gaithersburg, Maryland.

The world health organization recognizes acupuncture and traditional Chinese medicine to treat automobile accident injuries, including neck, back, shoulder, and knee injuries. Acupuncture itself is more than three thousand years old and works through the distribution of meridians. The meridians are passages through which blood is circulated. Needling the acupuncture points unblocks obstructions at the meridians and re-established blood flow and corrects imbalances. It is believed that needling stimulates the nervous system to release chemicals in the muscles, spinal cord and brain. In turn, the chemicals alter the pain experience or trigger the release of other chemicals which influence the bodies own internal regulating system. The improved biochemical balance results in stimulation of the bodies natural healing abilities.

Acupuncture treatment in Maryland, Virginia, and Washington, D.C., in all automobile accident cases should be prescribed by a medical doctor. Statutes in these jurisdictions are unclear as to whether a liability insurance carrier must pay for this treatment otherwise. Courts will allow the treatment for automobile accident injuries, but with no objection by the insurance carrier, if there is a prescription. Further, PIP and Med-Pay carriers will pay for Acupuncture without any hesitation in cases where its recommended by a medical doctor.

Acupuncturists can not prescribe medication. Often this care is done in conjunction with a medical doctor who can prescribe pain medication and muscle relaxers. Seeing a medical doctor as well as an acupuncturist is often a great combination.

Our personal injury law firm has tried in court and settled thousands of cases where automobile accident victims have used Chinese speaking Acupuncturists. In each case we have found that is the bills and treatment were reasonable and necessary, well documented and prescribed, than the treatment was paid for along with pain and suffering damages.

If you have been involved in an automobile accident and would like a free legal consultation or if you would like more information on car accidents, please feel free to contact our office or visit us on the web at www.portnerandshure.com

Negligence on a School Bus

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Negligence on a School Bus
More facts have been revealed concerning the bus accident in Timonium, Maryland, in Baltimore County which we blogged on recently. In the blog, we questioned whether a 6 year old special needs child could have been stopped before he opened the back door of the bus and fell to his death. We raised the question as to whether the aides on the bus were negligent for failure to provide adequate supervision.

Interestingly, the school system fired the two aides who were on the bus transporting the student from his Baltimore County School to his home. Further, the bus drivers license was also disqualified.

All these actions may help in the future but certainly don't do a thing to rectify the apparent negligent care of the adults on the bus. First, they were on notice that the boy was already trying to get out of a moving bus (he had tried to get out the front). Second, he wasn't in a harness that the state mandated educated plan required him to have. The family is seeking answers. A lawsuit in the Baltimore County Circuit Court will ultimately provide them.

If you have been involved in an automobile accident or bus accident and would like a free legal consultation or if you would like more information on car accidents, please feel free to contact our office or visit us on the web at www.portnerandshure.com. 

6-year Old Student Dies After Jumping from Bus in Baltimore County, MD

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6-year Old Student Dies After Jumping from Bus in Baltimore County, MD
Who should be responsible for the death of a 6-year old who jumps from a moving bus?  On Thursday, December 13, 2010, at approximately 3:00 p.m. a 6-year old special needs student was being transported from  the Villa Marie School in Timonium to his home in Baltimore City when a fight ensued between the 6-year old and another student.  

According to authorities, an aide attempted to break up the fight between the two students, when the 6-year old ran toward the back of the bus and jumped out.  The child was transported to Johns Hopkins in grave condition and succumbed to his injuries early Friday morning.

The 6-year old attended a non-public school in Baltimore County and was traveling on a bus contracted by City Schools to transport the student.  While authorities continue to investigate this tragic accident, questions remain unanswered for the family of this 6-year old.  

How do you compensate parents for this type of loss?  Special needs means just that and what was in place to prevent this unfortunate accident from happening?  How could a 6-year old just jump off the back of a moving bus?  These parents need answers and where should they look to get these answers?  They should contact a Maryland Personal Injury Attorney who is familiar with the laws in Baltimore County where this accident occurred.      

If you, a family member or someone you know has been involved in a bus accident or car accident or you need more information on bus or car accidents, please visit us on the web at http://www.portnerandshure.com or contact one of our Maryland Personal Injury Lawyers for a free consultation.

U.S. Department of Transportation Increases Mandatory Truck Driver Rest Time

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U.S. Department of Transportation Increases Mandatory Truck Driver Rest Time
U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood today announced a final rule that employs the latest research in driver fatigue to make sure Maryland and Virginia truck drivers can get the rest they need to operate safely when on the road. The new rule by the U.S. Department of Transportation's Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) revises the hours-of-service (HOS) safety requirements for commercial truck drivers.

"Trucking is a difficult job, and a big rig can be deadly when a driver is tired and overworked," said Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood. "This final rule will help prevent fatigue-related truck crashes and save lives. Truck drivers deserve a work environment that allows them to perform their jobs safely."

As part of the HOS rulemaking process, FMCSA held six public listening sessions across the country and encouraged safety advocates, drivers, truck company owners, law enforcement and the public to share their input on HOS requirements. The listening sessions were live webcast on the FMCSA Web site, allowing a broad cross-section of individuals to participate in the development of this safety-critical rule.

"This final rule is the culmination of the most extensive and transparent public outreach effort in our agency's history," said FMCSA Administrator Anne S. Ferro. "With robust input from all areas of the trucking community, coupled with the latest scientific research, we carefully crafted a rule acknowledging that when truckers are rested, alert and focused on safety, it makes our roadways safer."

FMCSA's new HOS final rule reduces by 12 hours the maximum number of hours a Maryland or Virginia truck driver can work within a week. Under the old rule, Maryland and Virginia truck drivers could work on average up to 82 hours within a seven-day period. The new HOS final rule limits a driver's work week to 70 hours.

In addition, Maryland and Virginia truck drivers cannot drive after working eight hours without first taking a break of at least 30 minutes. Drivers can take the 30-minute break whenever they need rest during the eight-hour window.


The final rule retains the current 11-hour daily driving limit. FMCSA will continue to conduct data analysis and research to further examine any risks associated with the 11 hours of driving time.

The rule requires Maryland and Virginia truck drivers who maximize their weekly work hours to take at least two nights' rest when their 24-hour body clock demands sleep the most - from 1:00 a.m. to 5:00 a.m. This rest requirement is part of the rule's "34-hour restart" provision that allows drivers to restart the clock on their work week by taking at least 34 consecutive hours off-duty. The final rule allows drivers to use the restart provision only once during a seven-day period.

Companies and drivers that commit egregious violations of the rule could face the maximum penalties for each offense. Maryland and Virginia trucking companies that allow drivers to exceed the 11-hour driving limit by 3 or more hours could be fined $11,000 per offense, and the drivers themselves could face civil penalties of up to $2,750 for each offense. Commercial truck drivers and companies must comply with the HOS final rule by July 1, 2013.

A Maryland or Virginia truck driver or company who violates this rule is negligent. Driver fatigue is often the cause of serious truck accidents which result in severe injuries. If you or someone you know has been injured in a truck accident or tractor trailer crash in Maryland or Virginia contact the Maryland truck accident attorneys and Virginia tractor trailer lawyers at Portner & Shure.

MARYLAND, VIRGINIA, AND WASHINGTON D.C. EXPERIENCED BUS ACCIDENT ATTORNEYS RECOMMEND BUS ACCIDENT VICTIMS TAKE CERTAIN STEPS

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MARYLAND, VIRGINIA, AND WASHINGTON D.C. EXPERIENCED BUS ACCIDENT ATTORNEYS RECOMMEND BUS ACCIDENT VICTIMS TAKE CERTAIN STEPS

Although there were no life-threatening injuries reported, the victims of the Bus Crash that occurred in Montgomery County, Maryland are lucky to be alive. Each year an average of 137 fatalities and 17,000 injuries result from school bus accidents across the United States. These figures do not include injuries arising from accidents involving public transportation busses. Contributing to these figures is the fact that only a handful of states have laws that require busses to be equipped with seatbelts. If you have been involved in a bus accident, experienced bus accident attorneys recommend that you take at least the following steps:


1. Seek medical attention. Even if you are unaware that you are injured, it is critical that you see a doctor as soon after the accident as possible to ensure that you are unharmed.

2. Take notes. As soon as you are safe and able, take notes of what you witnessed, including what led to the accident, who was involved, the driver's name, bus number, and any other witnesses at the scene.

3. Seek an experienced attorney. Maryland, Virginia, and the District of Columbia each have laws requiring that a personal injury claim be filed within a certain amount of time. Therefore, it is critical that you seek an experienced bus accident lawyer as soon after the bus accident in order to determine if you are the victim of a personal injury. 

The cause of the Montgomery County Bus accident involving a public transportation bus that drove into a citizen's home remains under investigation. This accident is an example of many bus accidents that occur in Maryland, Virginia, and the District of Columbia. Bus accidents that occur in these localities too frequently involve the negligence of a bus company and an absence of seatbelts that can otherwise minimize the harm to bus passengers. If you, or someone you know has been injured as the result of a Bus Accident in Maryland, Virginia, or the District of Columbia, call the experienced Maryland, Virginia, and Washington D.C. Bus Accident Attorneys at Portner & Shure, P.A. (301) 854-9000.