I am the defendant in a personal injury lawsuit and dont understand the Does 1 to 25 after my name mean
That simply refers to culpable parties who have yet to be identified. Essentially, the plaintiff is "covering their bases" by naming these parties as "Does" now so they can go back and amend their complaint if they learn through the discovery process that someone else is also liable.
"Does" are named in the complaint so that if the attorney discovers after the lawsuit is filed the name of someone who should be named as a party to the lawsuit , the doe can be replaced with the real name of the party. It has no real significance for you as a named defendant.
These are the defendants the plaintiff does not yet know about. However, if the statute of limitations expires and it turns out the plaintiff did know about the defendant but failed to specifically name them in the lawsuit, the plaintiff may be barred from naming them even as a doe defendant.
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