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Posted by Russell West | Jul 16, 2017 | 0 Comments

Have you ever been injured by another person, whether intentionally or negligently, and thought to seek the advice of an attorney? If so, in most situations, your attorney will ask you when the injury occurred. If the date of your injury is unknown, then going forward with your claim can prove to be difficult because the date your injury occurred will determine how long you have to file your claim. Because of this, it is invaluable to seek legal advice and representation if you are considering a personal injury claim. If you or a loved one have been injured due to the intentional or negligent acts of another, it is in your best interest to contact an experienced Spokane personal injury attorney as soon as possible to help you strategize about the best possible outcomes for your case.

Statute of Limitations

The statute of limitation is the amount of time you or your attorney have to bring forth certain types of legal action. The purpose of the statute of limitations is to protect defendants from being held liable for their negligent actions indefinitely. The statute of limitations is incredibly important if you are considering bringing legal action against another person or a company. If you do not file your claim within the requisite statute of limitations, you will be barred from bringing your action once the statute of limitations on your claim is expired.

Generally, the statute of limitation starts to run on your claim when your injury takes place, or in some cases of negligence, when the harm or injury is discovered. In Washington, the three main statute of limitations revolve around personal injury, medical malpractice, and product liability. In personal injury, medical malpractice, and product liability cases, you have three years from the date of injury or discovery of injury to bring suit against the offending parties. If this is not done within the three-year time frame, you run the potential of your case being barred. Because of this, it is invaluable to seek legal advice and representation if you find yourself in this situation.

Need Legal Advice?

When you are injured at the fault of another, it is invaluable to seek legal advice as soon as you are able. If you do not, you run the risk of losing your claim depending on when your injuries were sustained. If you or a loved one have been injured due to the negligent or intentional acts of another, contact an experienced personal injury to help you with your case. Contact the West Law Office online or call at 509-993-0748 so that we can help you with your case today.

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Russell West

Russell West from West Law Office, located in Spokane, Washington represents clients in areas of criminal traffic, misdemeanors, and personal injury. DUI’s, Reckless Driving, Negligent driving, Hit and Run, and Driving with Suspended license are the majority of criminal traffic violations. Drug Charges, Theft, and Domestic Violence account for most of the other criminal cases Russell handles.


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