There is a point in a personal injury case where, whether you are at fault or not, there are questions that need to be answered. These are called “interrogatories” in a car accident lawsuit. These questions are usually asked by the other party’s insurance company attorney or their personal attorney. You will have to answer questions about anything that relates to the motor vehicle accident you were involved in. These questions and answers are filed with the court and become public record.
Interrogatories are sent to all parties involved, are answered under oath, and require a time frame. This means if the questions are not answered in time, the lawsuit can somehow backfire on you, even if you are not at fault. If you fail to answer questions for a plaintiff, your case can potentially get thrown out.
Some personal injury claims can be handled without an attorney, but in many cases, people like to contact or hire a personal injury attorney. The interrogatories consist of questions that ask you to describe the accident in your own words. Any details that you have should be included. Many of the questions may have the same answers based on evidence gathered in the investigation, so it may be very frustrating and possibly redundant. They will ask things that may be in the police report, such as the vehicle you were driving in and details like the year make and model. They will also ask about your insurance and employment information. They may ask if you’ve been involved in an accident recently or previously, and if you suffered any similar injuries in that incident. They may also ask where you were going, where you were coming from, and ask for photos reinstatements or any reports and medical records that you have.
The Importance of an Attorney
As previously mentioned, these questions must be answered in a certain amount of time and can be very frustrating. This is why most people hire personal injury attorneys by this point. Should you or someone you know will be involved in a personal injury claim, contact an attorney, like a personal injury attorney from Andrew R. Lynch, P.C., to assist you with this process and to help ensure that it is done promptly and correctly.