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Woman Seeks $27 Million From the City of Bellingham for Injuries

Updated on: 11/7/2019

Suing state government
A 22-year-old woman is seeking $27 million from the City of Bellingham for falling at a park that caused her to be paralyzed in 2005. She was just 16 when the accident happened.

A Whatcom County Superior Court jury is now deliberating in the lawsuit.

She slipped on a wet spot on a trail near a swimming area at Whatcom Falls Park and fractured her spine. She is now in a wheelchair. It must be decided by jurors whether the city should be liable.

Suing the Government

Filing a lawsuit against the state of Washington, a county or a municipality is not like suing a corporation or individual. There are special procedures and specific court rules that are required when suing a governmental entity. As the victim of negligence by a governmental entity you must be very careful in filing a claim against a city as special rules apply and if you fail to follow those rules, the courts will not hear your case and you will be left with nothing.
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