Forms To Answer Injury and Negligence Lawsuits

If you have been named in a Personal Injury and/or Negligence lawsuit, it is important that you file your Answer within the time period indicated. Our Answer makes it easy to customize your specific responses to the Plaintiff(s) claims and establish affirmative defenses that may be referred to when preparing such a pleading for your particular state. Depending on the procedural rules in place where the lawsuit was filed, an Answer may contain, among others things, (1) a general denial of all the plaintiff’s allegations; (2) a denial of certain specific allegations against you; or (3) the raising of certain defenses to the plaintiff’s complaint, on its face. However, a defendant is not confined to denials of the allegations of the complaint or petition, but is entitled to set out new matter in defense or as a basis for affirmative relief. In a suit in which plaintiff alleges that defendant has been negligent, contributory negligence by the plaintiff is sometimes a defense which a defendant can raise.


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.