The topic of this video is what are requests for admissions in a personal injury case. So similar to other types of discovery of requests for admission is simply a document that is sent to your lawyer asking you to admit or deny certain things. So it’s done in every type of civil case. It doesn’t matter. It’s not specifically related to personal injury. And actually not every insurance defense lawyer sends out requests for admissions, but some do. So basically after you filed a lawsuit, a defense lawyer may send you what is called a request for admissions and your lawyer will normally handle that on your behalf. Sometimes we’ll ask you some, some questions about it, but it’s usually a pretty straightforward, pretty easy question. And the answer, uh, I don’t feel that they’re very important in cases. Um, the goal of it is to, honestly, from an insurance defense perspective, get you to deny something that later at trial you admit to or vice versa.
Right? They’re trying to, they’re trying to set a trap for you. Right. But, um, because they could ask these questions at deposition, they could ask them at any other time. Like, why do you have to put it on a request for admission right at the outset? The only reason to do that would be to try to lock you into an answer early on. But other than that, requests for admissions. What I did was I just pulled a sample requests for admissions that an insurance defense lawyer sent me in another case. And I’ll just read through the types of questions that they’re asking a, it looks like, how many questions are there? 12 questions here. So this one, number one, uh, admit that the plaintiff received benefits from a collateral source. Number two, admit the plaintiff received benefits from a collateral source for lost wages. So the first one was medical bills.
Second was lost wages. Number three, admit that the plaintiff received pip benefits. Number four, uh, admit the plaintiff received pip benefits for lost wages. Number five, admit the plaintiff received benefits under a med pay for medical bills. Number six, uh, admit that the car had a functional and operational seat belt and shoulder harness. Number seven, admit the plaintiff was not using the seat belt and shoulder harness. Number Eight, admit that the use of the functional and operational seatbelt would have prevented or lessened the injury and damage by the plaintiff. Now again, just to clarify, in this case, there’s never, there wasn’t even a, a remote, uh, insinuation or allegation that the plaintiff was not using his or his, uh, his or her seat belt. In that case, it just never happened. But of course they send out this request for admission asking about it again to lock you in to see if something happens in the future.
So a number nine, this action is subject to Florida vehicle, no fault law number 10. Um, at the time and place of the incident, the defendant complied with the provisions and security requirements as set forth in the Florida statute. Number 11. Plaintiff is an insured person for pip. Number 12, pip benefits have been paid on behalf of the plaintiff in the amount of $10,000. Number 13 actually, medical payments have been paid in the amount of $5,000 and that they’re entitled to an offset for the $5,000 so again, these are not the most complicated questions. Some of them really don’t have a whole lot to do with the case, other than just a lock in answers that they already knew or that they could just simply ask the plaintiff at deposition. But again, requests for admission. At the end of the day, they’re just simple written questions asking you to admit the NY or, or maybe your lawyer will object to them. They’re not that complicated. So hopefully that answers the question as to what is a request for admissions in a personal injury case.
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