Frequently Asked Questions

What steps should I take after being bitten by a dog?

First, and foremost, seek medical attention. Once you’ve been treated, be sure to get a medical report from the doctor. Then, file a dog bite report with the authorities. If possible, take a picture of your wounds, and record any pertinent information such as the name, and address of the dog owners, and anything you know about the dog. See More Steps To Take

I was attacked by a dog on my own property. Do I still have a case?

Absolutely. You can file a lawsuit against the dog’s owner if the dog escaped or was not properly restrained. You may also have a case if you were bitten on public property (such as a park or street), or if you were bitten while on the dog owner’s property.

Are consultations free?

Always! At the Bonfante Law Firm we are happy to give you a free consultation to discuss your case, and answer any questions you may have.

I have been out of work because of my injuries. How can I afford to pay a lawyer?

You needn’t worry about legal fees. We only earn a fee after we obtain cash justice on your behalf. Our fee is based on the results we obtain for you. You will never receive a bill for legal fees during the life of your case.

I’ve heard that lawsuits can get very expensive. What if I can’t afford to go the distance? Does that mean the other side gets to take advantage of me?

NEVER! You needn’t concern yourself with such matters. You will never take money out of your pocket to pay for any of the costs associated with your case. At the Bonfante Law Firm, we pay all the costs & expenses associated necessary to the aggressive prosecution of your case. All you need to do is concentrate on recuperating and getting on with your life.

I got hurt over two years ago but didn’t take any action, is it too late to recover compensation for my pain & suffering, medical bills and lost wages?

Not necessarily. Every type of case has a statute of limitations (a sort of “expiration date”) imposed by law. This determines how long an injured party has to sue for their injuries. When you contact the Bonfante Law Firm, we will let you know quickly and at no cost, whether there is still time to go after those responsible for your injuries.

What should I do if I have been injured because of someone else, but I’m too busy, or unable to meet with an attorney just to see if I even have a case?

We know that life gets in the way, and the demands of work and family can make it impractical for you to make it into our office. That is why oftentimes it is best for us to speak briefly on the phone (at no cost or obligation to you) so we can determine whether you have a case worth pursuing. Then we can figure out a convenient time to meet. In most cases, we can accommodate you with an evening appointment.

I have just been injured in an accident and I am in excruciating pain. The last thing I can think of in my condition is going and sitting in some law office. However, I’m afraid if I don’t speak to a lawyer soon, I might do something that could hurt my case. What should I do?

Contact us immediately! If you are laid up recuperating, we can schedule a consultation in your home, or in the hospital or rehab facility.

What can I do if I can’t work because of my injuries?

As part of your case, we will go after those responsible to recover the lost wages you suffered due to your inability to work – in addition to the money due to you for your pain & suffering.

A friend of mine went for a consultation with a personal injury law firm and was disappointed to meet with an inexperienced, low-level associate who couldn’t answer most of the important questions my friend had. How is your firm different?

We are different in the all of the ways that matter. For starters, there simply are no “inexperienced, low-level associates” at the Bonfante Law Firm. As the founding partner, you have my absolute, unconditional promise, that when we schedule your free initial consultation, you will meet with me and only me. PERIOD. I will be the lawyer you meet with and I will be the lawyer who spends time with you answering all of your questions. I will also need to ask you many questions so I am well informed as to the crucial facts of your particular case.

Will I have to go to court?

Not necessarily. Often times, with the right lawyer handling your case, significant monetary compensation can be obtained without the need for a trial. However, in the event that you are required to appear in court, I will always be at your side, putting you at ease and fighting tirelessly for your rights. You’ll also know exactly what to expect ahead of time, so there are no unpleasant surprises.

Someone I work with told me you don’t actually sue the person who caused the accident, you sue their insurance company. Is that true?

No. That is a myth. While some cases are resolved without having to sue at all, in the event that a lawsuit becomes necessary, it is the responsible party (or parties) who must be sued. Then, assuming they had insurance when the accident happened, their insurance company would be required to actually pay any amount that we obtain on your behalf (up to the coverage limits in effect at the time of the accident).

What if I am partially at fault for the accident, can I still recover money?

Absolutely. In New York, our Courts employ what is referred to as comparative negligence. This means that the other person(s) would be responsible for your injuries in proportion to the amount of fault that they are found to have had in causing your injuries.

For example: if you were one-third (1/3) responsible and your injuries were worth $75,000.00, we would seek to recover $50,000.00 [$75K reduced by the 1/3 you were at fault – or $25K].

My accident just happened last week and I am in terrible pain. Can I wait until I feel better to worry about finding a lawyer?

That is not recommended. In certain cases there are steps that must be taken right away, or your case could be harmed. For instance, because of much shorter time limits imposed by law (such as where a municipality or school district is at fault) there are steps that must be taken immediately on your behalf. Contact us right away, and to ensure that your rights are protected.

I was in a car accident & the guy that hit me had no insurance. Am I wasting my time to pursue a case?

Not at all. Under New York law, you automatically have something known as uninsured motorist (“UM”) coverage as part of your auto insurance policy. If it is determined that those responsible had no insurance at the time they caused your injuries, monetary compensation can still be obtained for your pain, suffering, out of pocket expenses, and if applicable, your lost wages. Again, in the case of a potential UM claim, there are steps that must be taken within the first ninety (90) days after the accident.

What do I do if anyone contacts me and asks for a statement?

Don’t do it. Talking to the insurance company – or their investigators – can only hurt your case. Despite what they may say, they do not care about your well-being. Their only motive is to get information that they can use to keep from paying you later on. By the time you hire experienced legal counsel, the damage will already have been done.

The fact that you’re reading this means that you’re doing your homework and researching the best course of action. If anyone contacts you, tell them that you don’t want to speak with them. Politely, but firmly inform them that you’re planning on hiring a lawyer, and you prefer it if they don’t contact you in the future.

What Is The Statute Of Limitation For Wrongful Death In New York?

What Is The Statute Of Limitation For Wrongful Death In New York?

Who May Sue For Wrongful Death?

Since a deceased person is not permitted to be a party to lawsuit, a representative of the estate must be appointed by the Surrogate’s Court, before commencing a wrongful death action in New York State.

What Must The Estate Prove To Succeed In A Wrongful Death Lawsuit?

The plaintiff in a wrongful death action must prove:

The defendant(s) acted negligently;

The negligence caused the decedent’s death;

The decedent left dependents (i.e. a surviving spouse, children, parents, etc.);


The survivor(s) have suffered financial damage; or

The decedent endured conscious pain and suffering in his or her final moments;

What Items Of Damages Are Recoverable In A Wrongful Death Action?

Funeral and burial expenses;

Reasonable medical expenses, including doctor, hospital, nursing, and other health care expenses related to the victim’s final injury or illness;

The financial support the decedent was providing to the family;

Compensation for lost parental nurturing, care, and/or guidance to the decedent’s surviving children;

The loss of affection and intimacy to the decedent’s spouse;

Conscious pain and suffering endured by the deceased due to the final injury or illness;

and Statutory interest on the damages award, calculated at nine (9%) percent per year, from the date of death.

What are New York’s laws regarding proper motorcycle operation?

Below are some key rules:

  • All motorcycle operators and passen­gers must wear approved motorcycle helmets as defined by USDOT federal motor vehicle safety standards (FMVSS 218).
  • You must wear approved eye protection even if the motorcycle has a windshield.
  • The headlight and rear light of the motorcycle must be on at all times.
  • Motorcyclists can use a full lane and can ride two abreast in a single lane. You cannot ride abreast of another vehicle in the same lane, between lanes or between traffic and parked cars.

To read the rest of the rules and regulations, Click Here

Who is most often at fault in motorcycle accident cases?
  • Other drivers: many accidents are caused by careless or reckless drivers. For example, this could be a driver who doesn’t see a motorcyclist and changes lanes or turns left into the motorcyclist, or a driver that is speeding or driving under the influence.
  • Unsafe road conditions: if a road is in serious disrepair, liability could fall on the state for failing to maintain safe driving conditions.
  • Equipment malfunction: in some cases, the motorcycle manufacturer may be to blame if the accident was the result of a problem with the bike.
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