FAQ Category: Personal Injury - Main

Do I Have a Case if I Was Involved in a Hit & Run Accident?

We understand how stressful car accidents can be, especially when it involves a hit & run. Because the person at fault has decided not to take responsibility, you will need to get as much information as possible. This can include the color, make, and model of the car and the license plate number.

It will be best for your case if there is a police report on file to assist you in identifying the driver. Possible witnesses of the accident will also help identify the driver. Having these details will make it easier to file an insurance claim on your own insurance, but it will make things much harder if none of these are obtainable.

We recommend checking with your auto insurance company to verify that you have uninsured motorist coverage or underinsured motorist coverage. In such a case, you may be able to recover from your injuries even if you cannot identify the other driver.

What is Negligence?

Many personal injury claims require that the injuries involved were caused due to negligence on behalf of the defendant. This is very crucial to have a valid claim against the defendant. However, what exactly is negligence?

Negligence is commonly defined as a failure to act as a reasonably prudent person would in the same or similar circumstance. In other words, negligence is when an individual is not careful and therefore harms someone else because of their carelessness.

If you are a victim of someone else’s negligence, you should not have to pay for their mistakes.

Is There a Difference Between Bodily Injuries and Personal Injuries?

Yes. Bodily injuries are a subcategory of personal injuries. Personal injuries are defined as injuries to the body, mind, or emotions, whereas bodily injuries refer to a physical injury, illness, or disease caused by accident.

Knowing the differences between these two can help you obtain a financial recovery for the incident.

What is Pain and Suffering?

“Pain and suffering” is a type of compensation in personal injury claims which address non-economic damages such as emotional distress or trauma, embarrassment, scarring, permanent disabilities or injuries, long-term effects of broken bones, etc.

These damages take a traumatic toll on a person’s mental and emotional well-being. A jury should consider the various types of evidence regarding pain and suffering, such as testimony from a close friend or relative, medical reports, mental health reports, etc.

How do I Know When to Hire a Personal Injury Attorney?

Here are some questions to ask a personal injury lawyer that can help determine if you may need to hire an attorney for your personal injury claim:
Were there police officers present at the scene of the accident?
Was the other person at fault for the accident and caused your current injuries?
Did your injuries following the accident require medical attention and or hospitalization?
Were you told you would need surgery, outpatient treatment, or physical therapy by a doctor due to accident injuries?
Does your vehicle need any repairs due to damage because of the accident?
Are you currently experiencing any pain or trauma (emotional or physical) caused by accident?
Did your injuries from this accident result in you taking time off from work to heal and recovery?
Has your accident caused you to lose money, time, resources, physical ability, or emotional ability?
Have you tried to negotiate with insurance companies and felt that you were not given a fair settlement for the damage caused by your accident?
Have you felt overwhelmed or frustrated due to damages and losses you have had to take care of in the aftermath of your accident?
If any of these questions apply to you, please contact our office to discuss your case’s options!

Is My Minor Accident Worth Hiring an Attorney For?

It is not required for anyone involved in a car accident to hire an attorney for representation. In the United States, you have the right to represent yourself no matter how major or minor the accident. However, it may be valuable to consult with an attorney to evaluate your case, and hiring an attorney will likely increase your case value substantially.

We recommend hiring an experienced personal injury attorney in cases involving any major injuries because an attorney will ensure your legal rights are protected, and all injuries/damages are fought for. Even if your accident might have seemed minor, there are still significant injuries resulting from this minor accident.

Here are a few examples of some severe injuries from car accidents:
Brain, neck, or spinal injuries
Broken bones
Internal organ damage
Internal bleeding
Burns, bruises, and nerve damage, etc.
If a doctor has not already evaluated you, it is important to seek medical treatment as soon as possible. Injuries are not always visible or noticeable immediately following an incident, such as an explosion, car accident, or eighteen-wheeler accident. As new symptoms may appear or previous symptoms worsen, you should contact your doctor for follow-up treatment.

Why Should I Choose the Cobos Law Firm to Represent Me?

Attorney Andrew J. Cobos is determined to fight for his clients and win their case. He has helped numerous clients to recover millions of dollars from verdicts and settlements. His passion for helping others is evident in how he runs his business and his cases.

Mr. Cobos is experienced in handling personal injury cases and will personally work on all cases at the Cobos Law Firm.

What is a Recorded Statement?

A recorded statement is used by insurance companies to help investigate a car accident. These statements are usually taken over the phone by an insurance agent. The recorded statement is used to collect the client’s personal information and details regarding the accident or events following the accident, such as injuries, medical treatment, car repairs, etc.

It is essential to realize the right motivation of insurance companies to make as much money as possible. To do this, the insurance company will seek to pay as little as possible. Recognizing the insurance industry’s self-serving motivations, we recommend hiring an experienced personal injury attorney as soon as possible after an accident.

Contact our office to discuss your car accident claim.

What if I Have Already Hired Another Attorney to Represent Me?

As a client, you have a right to select your own attorney at any time during your claim. We encourage you to select an attorney you trust and feel comfortable representing you in your claim. We have experience in personal injury claims and want our clients to receive full compensation for their damages.

What if There is No One to Blame for the Accident?

There are some accidents where it appears neither party are at fault, but after a more thorough examination, it is discovered which party is responsible. This process becomes easier to identify and navigate with years of experience in personal injury cases.

In some instances, such as a plant or refinery explosion, the incident would not have occurred without the Defendant’s negligence. On other occasions, multiple parties may be responsible for causing the incident, all of whom may be held accountable.

Whether you know who is at fault or not, call our office as soon as possible to discuss your claim.