What Are Interrogatories in a Personal Injury Case?

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The topic of this video is what are interrogatories in a personal injury case. So if you have filed a lawsuit for a personal injury case, you, your lawyer may have sent out interrogatories and you may have received interrogatories and basically, all they are are questions that you are supposed to answer under oath. They're just written question and answers. They're relatively straightforward and this is an informational gathering process that the lawyers do in anticipation of the next step in the of the of the lawsuit it's normally done very early on and it asks just general questions about the case. So what I've actually done is I've pulled one of the interrogatories that my client received a in a from an insurance defense lawyer again who was representing one of the big insurance companies and I just wanted to use it as an example of the types of questions that they ask and interrogatories.

Now normally once we get one of these, our client will come in, we'll meet with the paralegal and then I'll go through to make sure that all of the answers are correct and then we send them out. But it really is important that these interrogatories are accurate because the defense lawyer then after they received the answers, they use those to ask you questions at deposition. If your answers change, right, that doesn't look good for your case. And again, they use that against you then at trial. So you could have answering in an interrogatory answer in deposition and then whatever your answer is at trial and they bring up those inconsistency. So it's a, I really take my time with these interrogatories. I try to make sure that every little piece of information is accurate because you just have to anticipate that it will be used against you.

So to get back to the inner rogatory is, I'm just going to read, um, read off the list. Uh, in a personal injury case, you're allowed 30 interrogatories. So 30 questions. All right. So question number one, what is the name and address of the person answering these interrogatories? Number two, list all former names. And when you are known by the name State all addresses where you've lived for the past 10 years, the day to have lived at each address, your social security number, date of birth, driver's license, educational background, if you've ever been married, the name of your spouse. Number three do you wear glasses, contact lenses or hearing aids? If so, who prescribed them? When were they prescribed? When were your eyes or ears last examined and what is the name and address of the examiner? Number four did you consume any alcoholic beverages or take any drugs or medication within 12 hours before the time of the incident described in the complaint?

If so, state the type and amount of alcoholic beverages, drugs or medication which were consumed and when and where you consume them. Number five, have you ever been convicted of a crime other than a juvenile adjudication, which under the law under which you were convicted was punishable by death or imprisonment in excess of one year or that involves dishonesty or false statement? If so, state the specific crime, the date and place of each can sick each conviction. Number six were you suffering from any physical, infirmity, disability or sickness at the time of the incident described in the complaint? If so, state it. Number seven I'm going to paraphrase some of these because it's getting long a number seven describe in detail how the accident described in the complaint happened, including all actions taken by you to prevent the incident. Number eight describe in detail each act or admission on the part of any party to this lawsuit that you contend constituted negligence that was a contributing cause of the incident...
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