RESPONDING TO A PERSONAL INJURY LAWSUIT FILED AGAINST YOU.
In most cases, you will need to file an Answer to a Complaint or Petition that has been filed against you. The Answer may include a few things, such as:
- responses to the assertions in the plaintiff or petitioner's complaint;
- particular defenses to the lawsuit, or to particular allegations in the lawsuit; and
- potential counter or cross claims.
Normally, the Answer responds to the claims in the numbered paragraphs of the Complaint. Regarding each paragraph of the complaint, you may:
- admit all of the allegations
- deny all of the allegations
- admit some allegations and deny the rest, or
- in most states and in federal court, state that you don't have enough knowledge or information to admit or deny an allegation, which is treated as a denial.