Wrongful Death Statute of Limitations in Washington State
The wrongful death "Statute of Limitations" (SOL) is a law that sets a very narrow time limit on when a wrongful death legal claim or action may be commenced. After the statute of limitations has expired the wrongful death legal action (lawsuit) is forever barred.
In many cases the experienced wrongful death injury attorney who is hired early in the claims process can help you avoid mistakes that may harm your case and perform work to greatly enhance the value of your wrongful death claim.
In Washington State the statute of limitations for many types of wrongful death claims is three (3) years from the date of the accident or death. However there are exceptions to this time limit depending upon the facts involved with the wrongful death case.
DO NOT WAIT TO CONSULT WITH OR HIRE A WRONGFUL DEATH ATTORNEY. Even though that wrongful death statute of limitations may not expire for a long time, you may still want to promptly hire a wrongful death attorney to protect or maximize the value of your wrongful death claim.
You should immediately consult with an experienced wrongful death lawyer to make sure you know when the statute of limitations expires in your loved one's wrongful death case.