A statute of limitations is a law (statute) limiting the time an injured person has to file a lawsuit.
In Washington State, most personal injury claims must be filed within 3 years after the date of the incident. However, there are exceptions depending on the type of claim, or the age of the victim, or other factors.
And in some cases, an injured person has to give notice of their intent to file a lawsuit in a very limited amount of time.
That’s why most attorneys recommend that you contact a lawyer as soon as possible.