The statute of limitations is the period of time during which a legal action must be started. In Washington State, the limit for starting personal injury cases is three years. But that does not mean you should wait three years to resolve your claim or file a lawsuit. As time passes, evidence is lost or destroyed. The scene of the accident changes, records can be erased or lost, witness memories can fade over time, or important witnesses may move and not be easy to locate. Generally, the more time that passes, the greater the likelihood that important evidence may be lost or destroyed. Simply put, waiting too long to investigate and/or prosecute the claim in court may cause irreparable damage to the case.
Award winning, Seattle personal injury attorney Chris Davis has written several accident resource books to help inform victims on how various injury claims work. If you have not read one of Mr. Davis’ free books, order one today. If you want to schedule a free consultation, contact Davis Law Group at (206) 727-4000.