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Jonathan Neal Portner

Jonathan Portner’s Legal Cases

20 total


  • Pedestrian killed by automobile

    Practice Area:
    Wrongful Death
    Date:
    Aug 16, 2012
    Outcome:
    Settled for $1,000,000.00
    Description:
    Plaintiff was exiting a bus on Viers Mill Road and Randolph Road when the Defendant's vehicle jumped the curb and struck her. The case was handled by Attorney, Jonathan Portner and Claims Supervisor, Sandy Horseman. Funeral Expenses: $12,966.00 Economic Loss: $210,000.00 Initial offer: $750,000.00
  • Auto Accident Resulting in a Fatality

    Practice Area:
    Wrongful Death
    Date:
    Nov 07, 2012
    Outcome:
    Settled for $1,000,000.00
    Description:
    The Plaintiff was a passenger in the vehicle of the Defendant when the Defendant lost control of his vehicle and crossed over the center line and struck another vehicle head on. The Plaintiff died as a result of the accident. For confidentiality purposes the names of the parties cannot be disclosed. Defense claimed that Plaintiff was only entitled to recover from the limits of the Defendant driver's policy and not the owner of the vehicle's insurance policy, which was a commercial policy.
  • Wrongful Death of Minor Child

    Practice Area:
    Wrongful Death
    Date:
    Apr 15, 2012
    Outcome:
    Settled for $990,000.00
    Description:
    Parties involved remain confidential in this contested liability wrongful death case. Plaintiff was the parent of a minor child who died as a result of the negligence of a nurse. The minor child was mentally challenged and required the use of a breathing tube in order to maintain proper oxygen levels. A specific order was signed by the physician in charge, requiring constant supervision, of the child and the use of proper restraints to protect the breathing tube. At some point, the minor child removed the breathing tube and subsequently entered into a coma, and ultimately died. The defendant nurse maintained that she had given appropriate supervision, however, discovery and review of the medical records reflected that she had stepped away from the child’s room while he was unrestrained. The record indicated that a sufficient amount of time had passed for the child to suffer an anoxic event after removing the breathing tube, which ultimately led to his death. The case was further complicated by a state medicare lien which exceeded three hundred thousand dollars. Kevin Ruby negotiated more than a 75% reduction of the medicare bill, which enabled the case to settle.
  • MD Medical Malpractie Attorney Settles Cerebral Palsy Case $2.6 Million Dollars

    Practice Area:
    Medical Malpractice
    Date:
    Feb 06, 2013
    Outcome:
    Settled for $2.6 Million Dollars
    Description:
    A baby born at a local Maryland Hospital was injured at birth due to the negligence of both a hospital doctor and mid-wife. In short, the mother’s placenta ruptured while in the hospital. She was not properly monitored and, as a result, her baby lost oxygen to his brain. The baby was delivered the next morning, but was born brain damaged, with the resulting complication of Cerebral Palsy.
  • Elderly Man Dies in Wrongful Death Case

    Practice Area:
    Wrongful Death
    Outcome:
    Settled for $500,000.00
    Description:
    Parties remain confidential in this contested liability wrongful death case. Plaintiff was an elderly gentleman with a wife and one adult child. He was initially severely injured in an automobile accident where his vehicle struck a tree. He initially lost consciousness, but regained consciousness while being transported to the hospital. During the first twenty four hours of his hospitalization, the plaintiff experienced hypotension which required intense hemodynamic resuscitation to prevent secondary brain injury, as well as an increase in the size of a hematoma on his brain which required constant monitoring. During a break in his sedation, the attending nurse left the Plaintiff unrestrained and he violently removed his endotrachea tube (breathing tube). The nurse ultimately admitted during deposition that she left the hospital room and attended another emergency call, despite the order that the Plaintiff have constant supervision if not restrained. Hospital staff and physicians made no attempt to re-intubate the Plaintiff for over three hours. The Plaintiff decompensated during that time period and ultimately never regained consciousness. The Defendants maintained that due to the increasing size of the hematoma to the Plaintiff’s brain, as well as his advanced age, the expectation for any meaningful recovery was minimal. Portner and Shure was prepared to demonstrate that prior to his violent extubation, he had made marked improvement and was on the road to recovery.
  • Woman Falls into Basement Patio at Glendale Apartments

    Practice Area:
    Personal Injury
    Outcome:
    Jury Awards $366,000.00
    Description:
    On November 15, 2008, the Plaintiff was carefully walking down the steps at or near the main entryway to the apartment building located at 9923 Good Luck Road, Lanham, Maryland 20706, when she stepped to the right to avoid stepping in a puddle and fell over the ledge leading to the lower level apartment's balcony. The Plaintiff alleged that her fall occurred because the Defendants failed to place a railing in between the walkway and the drop off to the lower level balcony. The Plaintiff suffered from significant injuries to her right knee, requiring surgery. Defendant filed numerous motions to strike the Plaintiff’s case, maintaining that there was insufficient evidence to reflect that they had done anything wrong. They claimed that because the building was over 50 years old at the time of the fall a lack of a railing did not violate the Prince George’s County Building Code and that even if there was a current violation, that they were "grandfathered" in. The Prince George’s County Circuit Court Judge, denied their Motions, and the case proceeded to trial. At trial, Plaintiff presented evidence that a railing was required, and that because the apartment management company had done retro-fit work on the apartment, just months before the Plaintiff’s fall, that the "grandfathering" argument was not applicable. Furthermore, the Plaintiff presented evidence that the area where the Plaintiff fell was inherently dangerous and needed to be corrected.
  • Pedestrian Pinned Between Two Vehicles

    Practice Area:
    Personal Injury
    Outcome:
    Jury Awards $300,000.00
    Description:
    Plaintiff was a pedestrian that was pinned between two vehicles. Collision occurred when Defendant vehicle made a left turn in front of oncoming traffic, striking that vehicle and forcing it to jump the curb and strike the pedestrian, pinning him between two vehicles.
  • Baltimore Woman Crashes into wall while snow tubing at Virginia Resort

    Practice Area:
    Personal Injury
    Outcome:
    Settled for $150,000.00
    Description:
    Plaintiff was on vacation with her family at the resort and was enjoying a day of snow tubing. As the plaintiff hurdled down the slope she was unable to stop and crashed into a wall injuring her knee. The insurance company for the resort argued that the plaintiffs claim would be barred by the Virginia Timshare Immunity Act. Further, the resort argued that all customers sign a waiver form for negligence and assumption of risk that protects the resort from liability. Jonathan Portner and Sandy Horseman successfully proved to the insurance company that their defenses were without merit and would not prevail at trial.
  • Finger Crushed by Patio Umbrella While Shopping at Lowes

    Practice Area:
    Personal Injury
    Outcome:
    Jury Awards $96,500.00
    Description:
    Plaintiff was shopping for a patio umbrella at Lowes when an umbrella, which was not safely secured broke free, and came down crushing her finger.
  • Construction Worker Falls 11 Feet to the Ground

    Practice Area:
    Workers Compensation
    Outcome:
    Settled for $90,000.00
    Description:
    Tearing down a part of a building and fell off the wall approx. 11ft to the ground. Claimant had a broken right wrist, face, right eye, shoulder injuries, and fractured teeth