Interrogatories are questions one side in a lawsuit sends to the other side. Both the Plaintiff (person filing the lawsuit) and Defendant (person being sued) can send interrogatories to each other. In Florida, you can only ask 30 interrogatory questions unless the court approves more. You must answer them in writing, usually within 30 days or so. If you are filing a lawsuit, interrogatories are very important for making your case.
You must answer interrogatories “under oath.” This means you are swearing the answers are true. If you lie on purpose, you may have to pay a fine or go to jail.
In a car accident, both sides may have different ideas of what caused the accident. Car accident interrogatories can ask about what caused the accident – like speeding, texting, or drug/alcohol use. Interrogatories let you hear the other side’s story, so you can better prepare your case for the court.
Do you have questions about interrogatories? Do you need help with a car accident insurance claim or lawsuit? Call Anidjar & Levine: 800-747-3733.
Are Interrogatories Different From Depositions?
Yes. In some cases, one or both sides may also want to take depositions, which, unlike written interrogatories, are in-person interviews.
Depositions usually take place in attorneys’ offices. The attorneys ask questions about facts and events related to the accident. You must swear to tell the truth. A court reporter records everything word-for-word and gives both sides a copy of the transcript. In some cases, the depositions are videotaped. Depositions are used as evidence in court.
Sample Car Accident Interrogatory Questions
Interrogatories will differ from case to case, but some common questions you might ask or be asked include:
- How did the accident occur?
- What injuries did you suffer in the accident?
- What is the value of your lost wages?
- What medical treatment did you receive for your accident-related injuries?
- List any financial cost related to your injuries, lost wages, or vehicle damage caused by the accident.
- How fast were you driving when the accident occurred?
- State the location where the accident occurred.
- Provide the names and contact information of eyewitnesses to the accident.
Some of these questions are very personal. If your lawsuit includes a claim for personal injury, the Defendant can ask questions about your physical and mental health treatment history.
Are you claiming lost wages because the accident made you miss work? Then the Defendant has the right to ask if you have a history of quitting or being fired from previous jobs.
It is important to choose the 30 questions you want to ask the other side very carefully. A lawyer at Anidjar & Levine can help you create and submit interrogatories to the Defendant and answer interrogatories submitted to you by the Defendant.
Do I Need a Car Accident Lawyer?
A lawyer may be beneficial, especially if your case proceeds to court. A lawyer can help you:
- Understand the law.
- Manage your car accident insurance claim.
- Decide if you have a good case for a lawsuit.
- Decide how much money to ask for.
- File the paperwork for the lawsuit.
- Meet all the court deadlines.
- Help you get any proof you may need.
- Come up with the 30 interrogatory questions you will send to the Defendant.
- Understand the interrogatories from the other party.
- Decide how to present your case to the court.
- Help you get ready for a deposition.
- Follow court rules during the lawsuit.
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Were you injured in a car accident? The auto accident attorneys of Anidjar & Levine can help. We have helped many auto accident victims throughout Florida get the money they deserve. We only help Plaintiffs in auto accident cases, not insurance companies. We are dedicated to helping you achieve the best possible outcome in your insurance claim, at trial or through pre-trial settlement. For a free consultation, call 800-747-3733.