In personal injury cases, Florida statutes follow the federal law that prohibits the use of hearsay in court, with notable exceptions. These exceptions make it possible to present as evidence what would otherwise be considered hearsay. An experienced personal injury attorney will understand the nuances of these exceptions and will know how to utilize them to help you receive the compensation you deserve.
We’ve heard the saying “He said, she said” or “It’s his word against hers.” This is the situation the courts seek to avoid by banning hearsay. According to Florida Statute 90.801(1b), “‘Hearsay’ is a statement, other than one made by the declarant while testifying at the trial or hearing, offered in evidence to prove the truth of the matter asserted.” The following section (1c) clarifies a statement as an oral or written assertion or even non-verbal conduct if it is intended by the person as an assertion (an example would be a nod or shake of the head).