Each state has a strict time requirement on when a claim can be settled or filed in court. This time limit is called the “statute of limitations.”
The statute of limitations will vary according to each state’s laws. In Washington State, the statute of limitation for most injury claims is three (3) years from the date of the injury or loss.
There are exceptions to statute of limitation periods. You’ll want to consult with an experienced lawyer to make sure you know when the SOL expires in your case.
Remember, if your case is serious enough to justify the expense of a lawyer, you should NOT WAIT right before the SOL expires. Most reputable attorneys will want a substantial amount of time before the SOL expires to prepare for and investigate the case. The more time you allow the attorney before the SOL expires, the better.