You might have heard the phrase statute of limitations. This is a term that appears in the State of Washington’s laws as well as in laws all over the entire world. You might not know what the term means or how it applies to your personal injury case.
What is a statute of limitations?
A statute is a law or regulation that’s been passed by a group of legislators. For example, if the Washington State Legislature votes and passes a law, the law is also called a statute. A statute of limitations is a law that limits the amount of time that a person has to bring a type of lawsuit against someone else.
In the State of Washington
There are statutes of limitations in the State of Washington. That means that you have a limited amount of time to bring a lawsuit if you’re hurt in a personal injury case. For personal injury cases, the time limit is three years. That means you must file your case for damages within three years if you’re going to bring a case at all.
When does the three years start?
It’s important to work with a personal injury attorney to determine when the three years starts. The team at Russell and Hill PLLC can sit down with you and evaluate your case to see if it falls within the applicable time limits. It’s important to meet with a qualified team of attorneys as soon as possible in order to evaluate your case. It’s important not to make assumptions about your case.
In most cases, you’ve met the requirements under the statute of limitations on the day that you file your lawsuit. However, this isn’t always the case, and there are separate rules for serving the complaint on the other parties. It’s important to make sure that you follow the rules so that your case isn’t dismissed.
Other statutes of limitations in Washington
There are other time limitations for different types of cases in Washington. For example, you have two years to bring a court case for slander, trespass or false imprisonment. If you have a contract case, you might have more than three years to bring your case. In most types of cases, the time limit is three years.
What’s the purpose?
The purpose of the statute of limitations is to have finality and to resolve disputes in a timely manner. The legal system wants people to bring their cases while the evidence is still fresh and easier to find. The courts want people to have closure and to be able to move on with their lives.
What happens if you miss the deadlines?
If you miss the deadline, your case might be dismissed completely. It doesn’t matter how great your case might be, the deadlines are strict. It’s important to follow the law carefully and make sure you’re in compliance, so that you can find success in the courtroom.