Wrongful death occurs when someone dies as a result of a preventable action caused by another. Wrongful death can occur as a result of reckless behavior, negligence, or a deliberate act. If you believe this may have occurred in the death of someone you love, it is very important to seek legal advice right away as there are limitations on the time you have to file a wrongful death lawsuit.
How long do you have to file a wrongful death claim in Washington State?
Each state has its own statutes of limitations for legal action concerning a wrongful death. In the state of Washington that period generally is 3 years after the death has occurred. It is critical to file a legal suit within this time frame. If an attempt is made after this period to recover damages, the court will not allow pursuance. It is important to note that the time to file does not always begin at the time of death, but can sometimes begin when other pieces of information are discovered. Examples include:
- When an individual’s death is deemed to have occurred from natural causes, but years later, there is evidence of medical malpractice;
- Information as to the cause of death is deliberately hidden; and
- Products used were later found to be defective.
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