If you or a loved one have been injured in an accident, the impact can be life changing. Beyond the intense physical and emotional toll, accident victims must also worry about lost income, mounting medical bills, and property damage.
If your accident was the result of a negligent driver, an attorney that specializes in personal injury law can help you recover monetary damages and remove the financial burden from you and your family. Charles Bonfante has nearly two decades of extensive experience handling auto accident claims, as well as a proven track record of winning against big insurance.
EXAMPLES OF NEGLIGENT DRIVING:
AT THE BONFANTE LAW FIRM, WE HANDLE ALL TYPES OF AUTO ACCIDENTS:
Personal Injury Law Is All We Do: My professional calling is helping accident victims receive the justice they deserve. It is what drives me each day. I am singularly immersed in personal injury law and up to date on any changes in the law that will affect your automobile accident case. In New York, our Insurance Law is extremely complex. There are many factors that determine whether an accident victim is entitled to monetary compensation. My wealth of experience in this area will ensure that you get the maximum amount possible for your case.
One-On-One Consultation: We will meet in person in one of my three convenient office locations. If you are in too much pain to travel, we can meet in your home, hospital room, or rehab facility. We will discuss the facts of your particular case in detail and discuss all available options. I will be the lawyer you see on day one and the lawyer that is by your side all the way thru the conclusion of your case.
Prompt, Exhaustive Investigation: My team and I will review accident reports, dispatch our investigators to interview eyewitnesses, and take their statements. We will hire any experts required to proving your case. We will obtain photographs of the accident scene as well as the vehicles involved. We will also identify all the responsible parties and locate any insurance coverage that applies to your case so that we obtain the maximum amount of money possible for your pain and suffering, medical bills, lost wages and out of pocket expenses.
Aggressive Representation: I will negotiate with the other side when it is in your best interest, or fight them in court, all the way to a trial by jury if necessary to deliver the justice you deserve.
Insider Knowledge of Big Insurance: I started my career working for a major auto insurance company. My knowledge and experience will work to your advantage. I know exactly what to do in order to head off the insurance companies’ attempts to minimize, deny, or destroy your claim.
You’ll Always be Treated Like a Person, Never Just Another File: I will return your calls personally. I will take the time to explain everything in a clear, concise way; I will listen to your questions and concerns. You will be made to understand what’s happening with your case every step of the way.
Motor Vehicle Accidents and their aftermath can be extremely traumatic. It is important that you remain calm and take the proper steps.
Get the names, addresses and phone numbers of anyone who may have witnessed the accident.
Call the police. Under New York law, you are required to report any motor vehicle accident resulting in bodily injury, death, or property damage in excess of one thousand ($1,000.00) dollars. The officer(s) who respond will prepare a report of the accident, including the names, addresses, and driver’s license ID numbers of all drivers. They will also record the year, make, model, and license plate numbers of any vehicles involved. All of this information is essential to the success of your lawsuit.
If you are experiencing pain, be sure to leave the scene by ambulance, and go directly to the ER to be examined.
Describe any pain you are experiencing in detail to the first responders, such as the police or EMS workers. Be as descriptive as possible, without exaggerating your symptoms.
If your vehicle was damaged, request that your car be towed from the scene.
Prepare an accident report stating your version of what happened. Be sure to make a copy for your records.
Report the claim. If you were the driver in an auto accident, contact your own insurance company and tell them you were involved in an accident.
When speaking with your own insurance company, request that a No-Fault application be sent out immediately. It is essential that they be put on notice in writing to protect your right to medical benefits.
Be sure to write down any claim number(s) you are given.
If you have not already done so, get to an emergency room right away. It is important that you be examined and the appropriate tests taken to determine the full extent your injuries.
See your family doctor and get referrals to the appropriate specialists (i.e. orthopedist, neurologist, chiropractor, physical therapist, etc.). Your doctor can also write prescriptions for any pain medication you may need.
Have diagnostic tests such as X-Rays, MRI’s, and/or CT-Scans, performed. Your doctor(s) can prescribe the appropriate test(s) based on your symptoms and their examination of you.
If you are unable to work due to your injuries, get a letter of disability from your physician(s) or chiropractor.
Keep track of any time missed from work as a result of your injuries, as well as your lost wages.
Document any out-of-pocket expenses you incur, such as co-pays, deductibles, durable medical equipment, and/or transportation to doctor appointments.
Keep a log or journal to record the dates of your treatment, the specific body parts that hurt, as well as the frequency and severity of your pain.
Take clear color photos** showing all the damage to the car you were in, from different angles and varying distances.
Take several quality photos** of the injuries you sustained. These include cuts, bruises, burns, scarring, stitches, and/or staples.
**If you use a cell phone to take the photos, be sure to save them on a computer immediately.
THINGS TO AVOID:
Do not leave the scene of the accident until you have contacted the police and they have responded.
DO NOT DRIVE HOME FROM THE SCENE.
When asked how you are feeling, DO NOT SAY THAT YOU ARE “FINE”, or “OKAY”.
Do not speak to anyone about your case until you CONTACT US. I will explain the options available and advise you as to which strategy is best suited to your particular case.
DO NOT SIGN ANYTHING, including any accident or incident report(s) prepared by someone else.
Do not discuss the facts of the accident or your injuries with the insurance company for the other vehicle(s) involved.
Do not allow anyone to take a recorded statement from you until you CONTACT US.
NEVER ADMIT FAULT. Under no circumstances should you ever apologize or take responsibility for the happening of the accident
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