Filing a lawsuit against a municipality such as the City of Bellevue is not like suing a corporation or individual. There are special procedures and specific court rules that are required when suing a governmental entity such as the City of Bellevue.

Is the City of Bellevue Liable?

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The city operates a number of other agencies whose negligence may have resulted in your injuries. Depending on where you were at the time of the accident or what agencies may have been involved, you may have a legitimate claim against:

  • Bellevue Police Department
  • Bellevue Public Schools
  • Bellevue Public Utilities
  • Bellevue Animal Shelter
  • Suing Bellevue City Government

Holding the City of Bellevue liable for personal injuries, proving the case in a court of law, and getting reasonable financial compensation from Bellevue can be difficult. If you believe that the City of Bellevue or one of its departments was responsible for injuries cause to you or a family member you should seek the assistance of a qualified Bellevue personal injury attorney.

Lawsuits Against Local Governments in Washington

According to RCW section 4.96.020, any claim for injury or property damage that is brought against the state government can also be brought against the local government or a local official or employee. 

Each local government, including the City of Bellevue, has different rules for filing notice of the claim. Many of these local governments provide written claim forms like the ones used by the State of Washington. 

The City of Bellevue has a claim form and instructions on its website.

Notice of Claim Law and Definition

The City of Bellevue, like many municipalities, have notice of claim provisions in their statutes that says before a lawsuit is started, a notice of claim must be filed within a reasonable amount of time. This period of time is usually three to six months after the injury. 

In Bellevue, you must file your claim within the state statute of limitations. There are different statutes of limitations for different types of claims in Washington. You can find these limitations at RCW 4.16.

The notice of claim usually contains the date of the injury, the nature of the incident, and other supporting facts regarding the claim. A failure to file a claim may result in a dismissal of the lawsuit. 

The City of Bellevue's claims process is described as the following:

The City of Bellevue can pay no tort damages unless a claim substantially complies with RCW 4.96.020 and Bellevue City Code 4.36, and is filed with the City Clerk. The tort claim must be signed either by the claimant or by 

  1. The claimant’s attorney in fact, pursuant to a written power of attorney
  2. The claimant’s attorney, who is admitted to practice in Washington state, or
  3. The claimant’s court-approved guardian or guardian ad litem 

Take Action Against the City of Bellevue

The Seattle personal injury attorneys at Davis Law Group frequently work with people who feel they have been wronged by the City of Bellevue. In addition to getting financial compensation for our client's injuries we also seek to bring about change in our community to make Seattle a better place. 

If you have been injured in an accident and wish to pursue a claim against the city of Bellevue, call the award-winning legal team at Davis Law Group for a free case review. If we believe we can help, our attorneys will meet with you for a free legal consultation to help you better understand your legal rights and discuss your case in more detail.

Call our office in Seattle at (206) 727-4000 for a free case review and to request a free legal consultation with our attorneys.