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Statute of Limitations (SOL) in Washington State Personal Injury Law

What is the Statute of Limitations (SOL)?

The statute of limitations (SOL) in Washington State personal injury cases is a time deadline with in which you must settle or file a lawsuit, or you will lose your right to do so. For most PI cases the statute of limitations starts to run on the day of your accident/injury.

What is the Statute of Limitations in My Case?

The statute of limitations (SOL) in Washington State is different for different types of cases. It can be more complex than it looks. You should talk with a lawyer about your facts and the statute of limitations for your case. That’s my advice. This is a serious deadline. Don’t guess and don’t miss it.

What is the Statute of Limitation for Negligence in Washington?

For most negligence cases the SOL is 3 years.

Other Washington State SOL deadlines.

Not all claims are negligence claims and not all claims have the same SOL. There are special SOL deadlines for minors, the incompetent, latent injuries, intentional injuries, third-party injuries, job injuries, job occupational diseases, and claims against your own insurance company and others. Consult with a lawyer and figure out the SOL for your claim.

There are also administrative deadlines in some cases. Do not confuse administration deadlines with statute of limitations (SOL). For example, take a Washington State L&I job injury. The statute of limitations to file an injury claim is 1 year. However, within the L&I claim itself, there are administrative decision such as an L&I order which may have a 60-day deadline.

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