If you’ve been injured at work, you may have a lot of questions about your legal rights and what you should do next. This is why it’s important to talk to an experienced lawyer. However, it can be hard to know what to ask and what type of information to provide. To help get you started, here is a list of the top five questions to ask. By asking these questions, you’ll be better informed and have a clearer understanding of the legal process so that you can get the best outcome for your situation.
1) How Long Will My Case Take?
The answer to this question will depend on several factors, including the complexity of your case, the amount of evidence available, the court’s schedule, and the number of witnesses. On average, most cases can take anywhere from several months to a year or more to be resolved. There are some steps you can take to ensure that your case proceeds as quickly as possible. First, be sure to provide all relevant documents and information to your attorney as soon as possible. Second, if possible, keep a record of any conversations you have with potential witnesses or other parties involved in the incident. Finally, be sure to follow all instructions provided by your attorney.
2) What if I Am Found at Fault?
If you’ve been injured in a workplace accident and it turns out that you were at fault, it may be difficult to receive compensation for your injuries. Most of the time, workers’ compensation will not cover any expenses related to a workplace injury that is found to be the fault of the employee. However, there are a few exceptions to this rule. First, if you can prove that your employer was negligent in maintaining a safe work environment, you may still be able to receive compensation even if you were at fault. Finally, even if you cannot receive compensation from workers’ compensation due to being found at fault, you may be able to sue your employer directly for damages.
3) How Much Will It Cost?
The cost of hiring a lawyer will vary depending on the individual lawyer and the case. Before hiring an attorney, it is important to ask about their fees and find out what services they provide. Generally speaking, attorneys will charge an hourly fee and may also charge a contingency fee if you win your case. When you meet with an attorney, it is important to get a written fee agreement that outlines the terms of their services. The agreement should list the amount you will owe in attorney fees, as well as any other costs associated with the case such as filing fees and expert witness fees.
4) Do I Need to Go to Trial?
It is possible that you may need to go to trial if you are pursuing a claim. In most cases, however, your attorney will attempt to negotiate a settlement before proceeding to trial. Your attorney can advise you on the best course of action for your particular case.
5) What Are My Chances of Winning?
The outcome of any lawsuit is always uncertain and the outcome of your case may depend on the particular facts of your situation and the quality of your legal representation. Your lawyer can provide an estimate of your chances of success based on their experience and knowledge of the law.
If you have been injured, contact our New York workplace injury lawyers at Polsky, Shouldice & Rosen, P.C. for help.