In some instances, accident victims may be able to resolve injury claims with the government on their own without hiring an attorney to represent them. For smaller and less-damaging claims, government agencies are more likely to cooperate with victims and offer fair compensation.
When an accident victim's injuries are more serious, however, the cost of resolving a claim is typically much higher and the government is much more likely to defend against the case. At this point, the insurance company that covers the government agency will typically do whatever they can to devalue a victim's claim or deny it completely. This is when it may be a good time to consider hiring a qualified personal injury attorney.
For a free case evaluation, contact Davis Law Group today. Call (206) 727-4000.
Holding Washington State Accountable
Filing a lawsuit against the state, 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 as special rules apply and if you fail to follow those rules, the courts may decline to hear your case and you could be left with nothing.
Davis Law Group frequently works with people who feel they have been wronged by the government. In addition to getting financial compensation for our client's injuries, we also seek to bring about change in our community to make Washington State a better place.
For example, we previously represented the estate of a man who was tragically killed in a high-speed car crash with a wanted violent felon who ran a red light. The felon was allowed to roam free while having multiple warrants out for her arrest, and the Department of Corrections failed to properly supervise her despite having concrete knowledge of her whereabouts. You can read more about this case here.
Settlements: Lawsuits Against Washington State
- CONFIDENTIAL For Victims Of Serious Transportation Catastrophe
- CONFIDENTIAL For Dept of Corrections Wrongdoing
- $3,400,000 Paid By DOC for Brain Injury and Wrongful Death Read The Client Story
- $2,936,821 Wrongful Death Accident Involving A Bus (Case No. 200672, Insurance Company: Gallagher Bassett)
- $330,000 Settlement After Bus Accident
- $100,000 Settlement For Bicyclist Hit By King County Metro Transit Bus
- $75,000 Settlement For Pedestrian Hit By County Vehicle
- $75,000 Settlement Against City of Seattle For Bicyclist Injured On Railroad Crossing
- $44,000 Speeding Bus Driver Crashes Into Two Cars (Case No. 200767, Insurance Company: Lancer)
Suing the State of Washington
If you have a claim against a governmental entity, certain requirements must be met. A verified claim form must be served on the authorized agent for the governmental entity. Serving a valid claim form on the government is a prerequisite to bringing a legal case against the government.
It is important to note that the content and service of the claim form must substantially comply with the requirements of the statute. Failure to comply may result in the claim being denied and/or dismissed by a court of law. Once a claim form has been properly verified, presented, and served on the appropriate governmental entity, you must wait a period of 60 days before a lawsuit can be filed in court.
The failure to wait 60 days is a fatal mistake that will invalidate the claim and result in the dismissal of the case. The filing and presenting of claims against a governmental entity can be complex and confusing, so it may be beneficial to consult with an attorney as soon as possible following the accident.