Assessing Your Medical Needs
If you are involved in a wreck, it's important to contact a motor vehicle accident attorney as soon as possible. Chanfrau & Chanfrau attorneys will work quickly to preserve valuable evidence for your case before it is lost or compromised. We are committed to working for our client's best interest, so we never resolve claims prematurely, before the treating physician can give a professional opinion about any future medical care needs.
MR. WILLIAM CHANFRAU, SR.: When we're retained in cases involving motor vehicle accidents or crashes it's frequently within 48 to 72 hours after the crash has occurred. It's important whether they retain this office or another that they contact an attorney as soon as possible and investigate the accident; preserve evidence because this is a highly transient area. People leave the area, physical evidence dissipates even with rain, skid marks wash away or get worn off the surface of the roadway, photographs of the vehicles need to be taken, we need to find out witnesses if there are any and speak to them. It is important that the beginning of the handling of the claim be handled professionally and that physical evidence be protected. The client will then begin what we call a period of medical care and treatment and until a client reaches a point where the doctors are prepared to tell us what's coming down the road medically for the client it's premature for us to try to resolve a claim and we can't. It's really not in the client's best interest. We can settle a lot of these cases in the first 30 to 60 days after an accident in fact the insurance companies call here all the time waiving checks at us. But the reality is that's not in the client's best interest. The client needs to finish medical care and treatment, we need to get a confirmed opinion from the physicians of this is what medical care is going to be required in the future and budget into these resolutions so that when the settlement check is received and the release is signed the client's best interest down the road is taken care of and that's absolutely our commitment to the client.