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Washington Statutes of Limitations 

Negligence/Personal Injury

Statute of Limitations: 3 years with Discovery Rule.

Products Liability

Statute of Limitations: 3 years with Discovery Rule.

SOR : 12 years (Rebuttable presumption of useful life of product)

Wrongful Death

Statute of Limitations: 3 years with Discovery Rule.

Medical Malpractice

Statute of Limitations: 3 years with Discovery Rule (1 year whichever is later) but no more than 8 years from wrongful act, unless intentional concealment of foreign object.

Intentional Torts

Statute of Limitations: 2 years

Fraud

Statute of Limitations: 3 Years from discovery of fraud

Discovery Rule

Standard rule applies in Washington except see products liability and medical malpractice rules above.

Disabilities

SOL runs after disability ends. Infants (18 th birthday).

Comparative Negligence

Rule applies but numerous qualifying statutes must be considered.

Charitable Immunity

Abolished.

Sovereign Immunity

Doctrine abolished but numerous statutes apply with respect to special rules

Punitive Damages

Not allowed except where provided by statute.

Consumer Fraud Complaint:

Washington Office of Attorney General, Consumer and Business Fair Practices Division
http://www.atg.wa.gov/consumerintro.shtml
(800)551-4636 (toll-free in Washington)

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