The City of Seattle may be responsible for personal injury in some cases. However, holding the city liable for your injuries, proving your case in a court of law, and getting fair compensation from Seattle can be difficult. If you believe that the City of Seattle or one of its departments was responsible for your injuries or for the death of a loved one, you should seek the assistance of a qualified personal injury attorney.
Filing a lawsuit against the City of Seattle is not like suing an individual. There are special procedures and court rules that are required when suing a governmental entity such as the City of Seattle.
For more information about this process, contact Davis Law Group today by calling (206) 727-4000, fill out the form on this page or use the convenient chat feature below.
City of Seattle Government Liability
The City of Seattle 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:
- Seattle Department of Transportation
- Seattle Police Department
- Port of Seattle
- Seattle Public Schools
- Seattle Public Utilities
- Seattle Animal Shelter
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 Seattle, 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 Seattle has a claim form and instructions on its website. Additionally, the City of Seattle will also accept the State of Washington’s tort claim form.
Notice of Claim Law and Definition
The City of Seattle, 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 Seattle, 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 Seattle’s claims process is described as the following:
Shortly after your claim is filed in the City Clerk’s Office, it is delivered to the Claims Section. The claim is then assigned to an adjuster who will contact you with your assigned claim number and their contact information and then they will conduct an investigation which includes a written response from the involved department(s). The Claims Section will then evaluate and recommend a reasonable resolution of your claim which will be one of three alternatives:
- Pay a sum of money
- Tender – transfer to another party or entity responsible for your alleged damages
- Deny – where there is no evidence of any negligence by the City of Seattle
Take Action Against the City of Seattle
The Seattle personal injury attorneys at Davis Law Group frequently work with people who feel they have been wronged by the City of Seattle. 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 Seattle, 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.
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