What if I have to file a lawsuit?
A lawsuit may be filed at the beginning of your case or when all attempts to resolve your case through negotiations have been unsuccessful. We will definitely discuss with you during our initial consultation whether and when a lawsuit would be filed based on the individual circumstances of your case and needs. In Washington state, most injury victims generally have three years from the date of the accident to settle a claim or file a lawsuit. A lawsuit begins when an attorney prepares legal documents (the Summons and Complaint) and has them filed in the court and served on the responsible and/or carelessness party. Just because a lawsuit is filed, however, does not mean your case will go to court. Settlement negotiations often continue even though a lawsuit has been filed.
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