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Issaquah Law Group - Injury Litigation Attorneys

TRUST: Personal injuries are personal. Which is why the attorneys at ILG treat every client and every case differently. Because they are different, and extremely personal. ILG was founded on the principle that strong client relationships are the key to successful legal representation and strong relationships are built on trust. Trust that you will be heard. Trust that you will be protected. Trust that every effort will be made to see justice done in your case. The singular goal of every ILG attorney is to earn and preserve that trust.

EXPERIENCE: ILG attorneys have a broad base of litigation experience to draw on in all Federal and State courts from on-the-ground investigations to Supreme Court appeals and we bring this experience to bear on behalf of our clients in personal injury and wrongful death claims arising out of motor vehicle accidents, bus versus pedestrian accidents, defective and dangerous products, medical malpractice, slip/trip and fall accidents, and catastrophic losses due to fire.

LOCATION: We are located on the Eastside in Issaquah, convenient to Bellevue, Redmond, Kirkland, Renton, Sammamish and North Bend. However, we provide legal services in King County, Pierce County, Snohomish County and throughout the entire state of Washington.

In addition, through The Amateur Law Professor Blog and LinkedIn postings, we share pertinent opinions and decisions of the Washington State Supreme Court, as well as the pertinent opinions and decisions of the Washington State Courts of Appeal so that our clients can be as update to date on cutting legal issues as we are.

Division II - 14 days is not substantial compliance with 60-day tort claim provision (but it might be....)

Lee v. Metro Parks

Lee wanted to sue Metro Parks, a governmental entity. The law requires you file a notice of tort claim first. You then have to wait sixty days to bring suit. It used to be that you had to wait the full sixty days, and if you filed suit before that, your claim was done. In 2009, the rule was changed, and it allowed “substantial compliance” with procedural rules. The 60 day thing? Yup, that’s procedural. 

Turns out Lee served her lawsuit only 14 days after filing the notice of tort claim. Now, in some instances, this may be substantial compliance. The Court hinted that if a governmental entity completed its investigation or had decided to reject or accept or claim, or engaged in settlement negotiations, that it may have been substantial compliance. However, nothing like that was hinted at here. Lee simply filed without any response from Metro Parks. As such, her claim was dismissed.

Read the rules, follow the rules. 

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