William Chanfrau, Jr. and William Chanfrau, Sr. discuss two cases of interest. In the first, their client was severely injured by a defective electrical outlet. Another significant case involved a negligent trucking company.
MR. WILLIAM CHANFRAU, JR.: Some of the most rewarding cases I have handled have been premises liability cases. In one case that comes to mind is a client of mine who was lying in the futon, in his futon in his bedroom one night and there was an arc from an electrical outlet that was next to his futon that arced and lit not only his futon on fire but my client suffered 2nd and 3rd degree burns over 60% of his body. When my client came in to see me not only was the liability aspect of the case very difficult but the medical bills and the actual physical injuries that my client had sustained were overwhelming.
MR. WILLIAM CHANFRAU, SR.: We resolved a case as we were walking into the courthouse recently involving a couple that were involved in a tragic accident with a truck. The wife was killed and the husband was crippled and the trucking company was grossly negligent.
They were driving their car, it was just before daylight and a truck with literally no lights illuminated on the side of the trailer, a semi-tractor trailer pulled across their path after having run a stop sign at an intersection and they went right under the undercarriage of the truck and it sheared off the top of the car killing the wife of a 48-year marriage and crippling a husband who will never get out of a wheelchair. It was a case that we fought for for years before the trucking company finally accepted some responsibility walking into the courtroom.
But it was a very satisfying case because the result was outstanding, the clients and the survivors were thrilled with what we were able to do for the family, and we were able to hold that trucking company responsible for conduct that in my judgment bordered on criminal.