FAQ Category: Law Firm

FAQs regarding the best law firms in Houston, Texas.

Should I speak with the responsible person’s insurance company?

NO. Insurance companies have a single objective: to pay you as little as possible. The Cobos Law Firm recommends that you avoid speaking to the responsible person’s insurance company or sign any documents unless you have first consulted with our firm or another qualified attorney.

Will the Cobos Law Firm take my case?

It depends on the factors involved, particularly the individual or entity at fault and the damages caused. Each case is evaluated individually, but the case evaluation is free. Contact us today if you would like to speak to an attorney to review your case.

How much are the Cobos Law Firm’s attorney’s fees?

Most frequently the Cobos Law Firm handles cases on a “contingency basis”, which simply means that our fee is dependent on the recovery we obtain for you (typically 25% – 40%). This method allows an individual without monetary resources to obtain excellent representation at no upfront monetary risk. Based on the contingent fee model, you do not pay any legal fees unless and until the case settles or we win your case in court. Once the settlement or award check is received, the firm deducts its and case expenses. The balance (or “net”) of the money then goes to the client.

Lawsuits can sometimes be expensive and require the person bringing the lawsuit to pay for items such as filing costs, deposition costs, costs to obtaining and reviewing medical records, travel expenses, and other expenses associated with trial preparation. Most frequently the Cobos Law Firm will advance money for all these case expenses, which will then be deducted from the settlement or award check when the case is resolved. Should the case be unsuccessful, the Client will not be required to reimburse the Firm for case expenses and no attorneys fee will be paid.

What does a free legal consultation include?

A free legal consultation is an opportunity for us to answer your questions about the case and about the law, for you to learn about your legal options, and for you to assess whether the Cobos Law Firm is the right fit for you.

Is there any cost for a case consultation?

No. At the Cobos Law Firm we will always provide a free case consultation and evaluation. Contact us today if you would like to speak to an attorney to review your case.

Do I have a viable personal injury lawsuit? If so, what is it worth?

Each lawsuit presents different legal challenges, but generally a person who has been harmed by the negligence of another person or entity is entitled to recover for the damages caused by the incident. The worth of the lawsuit is measured by the damages you sustained. These damages can include the cost of medical expenses, disability, pain and suffering, disfigurement, loss of enjoyment in life, and in some cases, punitive damages.  A jury will decide the amount a victim should be awarded, but generally their considerations include the nature of the injuries, the extent of damage, the degree of pain and disability, and the ways that the injury will affect your life.

What should I do if I don’t have insurance or money to see a doctor?

Often a victim of a car accident does not have the money to pay for a doctor’s visit and lacks health insurance. But the absence of money or insurance should not preclude you from getting medical assistance following an accident where you were not at fault. The Cobos Law Firm has relationships with numerous medical facilities whereby the victim of an accident receives personalized medical treatment with no upfront cost. Any amounts paid to the medical provider come from the case settlement or verdict, thereby assisting the accident victim and negating the need to come “out of pocket” to pay for the medical care they received following the accident.

What should I do after a car accident?

Most car accidents are shocking and unexpected events. Your adrenaline is flowing, you have likely been physically injured, and you try to recount whether you could have avoided the situation. The most important steps to take immediately following a car accident is to stay calm and seek medical assistance. Then, ensure that you conduct each of the following steps, if possible:

o Call the police and tell the officer that you would like for him to complete a police report.
o Take photos of all vehicles involved at the accident scene.
o Speak to witnesses who observed the collision and get their contact information.
o Ask for insurance information and driver’s license from the other persons involved in the accident. If you have a cell phone on hand, take pictures of these documents.

Most importantly, seek out a doctor and get a full physical workup. This step is important, regardless of whether you believe your injuries are minor. Many injuries are recognized only after the adrenaline has worn off. Sone injuries, known as latent injuries, arise well after the incident and can provide to be life altering.

What types of cases does the Cobos Law Firm handle?

As a trial attorney with both a Law Degree and a Masters in Business Administration, and as a former Army officer with combat experience, Andrew Cobos and his team at the Cobos Law Firm are equipped to handle cases in numerous areas of the law, including Personal Injury, Car Accidents, Boating or Maritime Accidents, Business and Commercial Litigation, Commercial vehicle accidents (including 18-wheelers, airplane and helicopter accidents), Product Liability, Mass Torts, Wrongful Death Cases, Birth Defect Cases, Bar Overserving Cases (i.e. Dram Shop), Veterans Cases (including 3M Earplug Cases, Defense Base Act Cases, and Military Contractor Cases), and cases in numerous other areas of the law.