There is nothing more devastating than the sudden loss of a loved one. However, when that death is the result of someone else’s carelessness or negligence, it is a tragedy of the highest order.
While reeling from the resultant grief and sorrow of such a senseless loss, surviving family members must also cope with unpaid medical bills, funeral and burial costs, and the sudden loss of income.
When a loved one is killed due the negligence of another, our law permits the victim’s estate to sue for wrongful death. In order to right the wrong done, a wrongful death action permits the recovery of monetary compensation for the conscious pain and suffering that the victim endured in the moments preceding his or her death. The survivors can also be compensated for the financial (or “pecuniary”) harm to the decedent’s estate.
Whether your loved one’s death was caused by a car accident, a workplace accident, medical malpractice, or elder abuse, The Bonfante Law Firm can help you begin the healing process by holding those responsible to account.
If you are a survivor of someone killed in an accident, you need to act quickly. Wrongful death cases are complex and time sensitive. Having the right advocate from the outset is crucial to establishing your case and maximizing your recovery.
Personal Injury Is All We Do: There are many factors that determine whether a decedent’s heirs is entitled to monetary compensation. Our wealth of experience in this area will ensure the maximum recovery possible. The passion we feel for obtaining justice, is evident in every aspect of our representation. We are immersed in personal injury law, and up to date on any changes in the law that can affect your wrongful death action.
One-On-One Consultation: We will meet in person to discuss the facts surrounding the attack in detail, and discuss all of your options. I will be the lawyer you see on day one and the lawyer that is by your side until the conclusion of your case.
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 trial if necessary – to deliver justice.
Insider Knowledge of Big Insurance: I started my career working for a major insurance company and will use that experience to head off their attempts to minimize, deny, or destroy your claim.
You Will Always Be Treated Like a Person, Not Just Another File: I will return your calls personally. I will take the time to explain things in a clear, concise way; I will listen to your questions and concerns. You will be made to understand what is happening with your case every step of the way.
Call your local police department and report the attack.
Get the names, addresses and phone numbers of anyone who witnessed the attack.
Do not give any information to the homeowner’s insurance company for the dog’s owner(s).
Do not let anyone take a recorded statement until you consult with us.
Do not – under any circumstances – sign anything, including any accident
or incident report(s) made out by someone else.
Take pictures of your injuries (cuts, bruises, scarring, stitches, staples, etc.).
If you have not already done so, get to an emergency room to be examined immediately
so that the appropriate tests can be performed to determine the extent of your injuries.
Contact your family doctor right away to get prescriptions for any necessary pain medication, as well as referrals
to see the appropriate specialists (i.e. Plastic Surgeon, Orthopedist, Neurologist, etc.).
See to it that you get the appropriate diagnostic tests (such as X-Rays, MRI’s, or CT-Scans) performed before too much time passes. The doctors or other health care providers who examine you will be able to inform you which test(s) are applicable based on the symptoms you are experiencing.
If you are unable to work due to your injuries, get a letter of disability from your doctor.
Keep track of any time you missed from work as a result of your injuries, as well as your lost wages.
Keep track of any out of pocket expenses you incur related to your injuries (co-pays, deductibles, etc.).
Keep a log or journal, to record the frequency of your treatment, as well as the pain you are experiencing, making sure to note all of the specific parts of your body that hurt, along with the frequency and severity of the pain.
Do not speak to anyone about your case until you consult with us to protect your rights under the law. We will consult with you at no cost or obligation, to see if you have a case that is worth pursuing. Then we will advise you as to the available options and give you our professional opinion as to which strategy is best suited to your particular case.
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