Bar Bulletin

Bar Bulletin

Washington Health Care Provider Civil Liability Law

October 2019 Bar Bulletin

By Mark Johnson and Michael Sprangers

The Limitations Periods

“The statute of limitations for medical malpractice claims consists of two limitations periods: a three-year period and a one-year discovery period.”34 The limitation periods are set out in RCW § 4.16.350.

The statute gives a patient or her representative three years “of” the act or omission alleged to have caused the injury, or one year “of” the time the patient or his or her representative discovered or reasonably should have discovered that the injury or condition was caused by “said act or omission,” whichever period is longer.35 In Gunnier v. Yakima Heart Ctr., Inc., the Supreme...

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