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Personal Injury Statute of Limitations In Washington State

January 30th, 2018 Posted by Personal Injury 0 comments on “Personal Injury Statute of Limitations In Washington State”

Were you or a loved one injured by or because of another person? You may have a personal injury claim, including a lawsuit to recover injury damages, lost wages, compensation for medical bills and property damages, and more; but your time is limited.

To determine the statute of limitations on your claim, you first need to know what type of claim you have. As an overview, the Washington statute of limitations is the legal timeframe you have to commence your action in court. Meaning that, if you wait until after the Washington statute of limitations to expire, you will be barred from filing a lawsuit and will collect nothing.

In the state of Washington, actions involving negligence are subject to a three-year statute of limitations pursuant to RCW 4.16.080. This covers most motor vehicle collisions, slip-and-falls, medical malpractice and most injuries to the “person” (or personal injury claims). However, if the action was intentional the Washington statute of limitation is limited to two years.

Here is how part of the law reads:

An action for taking, detaining, or injuring personal property, including an action for the specific recovery thereof, or for any other injury to the person or rights of another not hereinafter enumerated.

In the state of Washington, no medical malpractice claim may be filed more than eight years after the act.

When considering whether or not you still have time to file a lawsuit, please contact an experienced personal injury attorney like the ones we have here at Washington Law Center. Even if you believe the Washington statute of limitations has lapsed there still may be an exception that could be explored. One such exception exists in cases that involve child sexual abuse and where an injury is not discoverable for some time. If the injured party was a minor when the injury or abuse occurred, they will have three years from their 18th birthday to file a claim.

After taking care of your injuries and receiving necessary medical attention, we suggest that you contact an experienced personal injury lawyer immediately to get a free case evaluation. When presenting your case details to the personal injury lawyer you choose, it is useful to have all documentation related to the case including the accident or police report, photos, symptoms you’re experiencing, how much time you’ve taken off from work, any witness contact information available to you, and a timeline of on which the events took place.

In general, it is better to file your personal injury claim sooner rather than later. There are a few primary reasons for doing so including staying within the Washington statute of limitations, more detailed witness testimonies, and allowing for a case to be formed based off of the evidence collected/available to your lawyer before the Washington statute of limitation expires.

It is also crucial to notify the potentially liable party (or parties) about the injuries you sustained, even if you do not end up filing a claim. When deciding whether to contact a personal injury lawyer, it is important to remember that, with a three-year limit to file your claim, getting the process started earlier leads to the best results for you in most cases.

Have you been seriously injured and think you may have a personal injury claim that you would like to discuss with an experienced personal injury lawyer? Here at Washington Law Center, we have a team of personal injury lawyers to fight for the compensation you deserve. We offer a free case consultation where we listen to all the details of your claim, if you’re still within the statue of limitations, and discuss your options with you. We are happy to do this over the phone, in-person, or through the communication channel of your choice.

Washington Law Center is here to answer questions regarding Washington’s statute of limitations, explain your legal rights after you’ve been injured, and get your personal injury claim filed with the state of Washington.


Ashton Dennis is a litigation and trial attorney at Washington Law Center who specializes in serious personal injury and sexual abuse cases. He has been named one of the “Top 40 Under 40” by the National Trial Lawyers of Washington State and one of the “Premier 100” trial attorneys by the American Academy of Trial Lawyers in Washington. Click here to learn more about Ashton.

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“The insurance company said I don’t need a personal injury attorney. Is that true?”

November 14th, 2017 Posted by Personal Injury 0 comments on ““The insurance company said I don’t need a personal injury attorney. Is that true?””

It is very common for injured victims of a car accident to be told by an insurance claims adjuster:

You don’t need a personal injury attorney.

OR

An attorney is just going to take all your money.”

At Washington Law Center, we understand that there are a few circumstances where you may not need the services of a personal injury attorney but nearly every case where someone is injured in a car accident, the injured party will greatly benefit from legal representation.

One obvious question to ask is, “why would an insurance company not want you to have an attorney?”  (more…)

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Washington Law Center Will Handle Your Ford Explorer Lawsuit

September 6th, 2017 Posted by Auto Accidents 0 comments on “Washington Law Center Will Handle Your Ford Explorer Lawsuit”

Ford Explorers have been the subject of recent headlines indicating a potentially dangerous manufacturing defect causing exhaust fumes, including carbon monoxide gas, to vent into the interior of the vehicle. The exhaust fumes have led to individuals complaining of nausea, headaches and diminished consciousness. Some have even asserted claims that the exhaust fumes have contributed to car crashes. Model year 2011 (the so-called “Fifth Generation” of Explorer) marked a new platform for Ford. Unfortunately, this also marked the first year for the exhaust problems.

Reuters reported on July 28, 2017, that Ford has voluntarily agreed to pay for repairs to police versions of Ford Explorer Interceptor models. Various police departments have been monitoring their officers after some reported signs of poisoning. The city of Austin, Texas has already removed its Explorer fleet from service until further notice. (more…)

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How Do I Get A Police Report?

May 25th, 2017 Posted by Auto Accidents 0 comments on “How Do I Get A Police Report?”

If you’ve been involved in a car accident in Washington, you may be wondering how to obtain a police report for your own benefit and for insurance purposes. Many people involved in an auto accident believe that the paper they receive at the scene of the vehicle collision is the police report; however, that is normally just an “Exchange of Information” and the actual report is something that is created and submitted later by the responding officer.

Are police reports available to the public?

It’s important for our community to realize that accident reports are different from other police records. Arrest reports, crime and or incident reports that are part of an investigation are not made readily available to the public. Motor vehicle accident reports are available to the public. They can be readily accessed by any interested party. In fact, the state of Washington allows you to access motor vehicle accident reports online. (more…)

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Our Issue With USAA Claims & Auto Injury Solutions

March 23rd, 2017 Posted by Auto Accidents 0 comments on “Our Issue With USAA Claims & Auto Injury Solutions”

USAA Insurance Company claims to stand behind service members and their families in its advertising.  The commercials evoke feelings of patriotism and service. In these commercials, USAA Insurance claims to have a high customer satisfaction rating; however, in our experience, individuals who have USAA and have been injured in a collision face significant challenges with their coverage.  (more…)

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