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Laura Bardo v. Cliff Cooper, Personal Representative of the Estate of Alwin Winsten Cooper (No. 36113-2-II, Unpublished)

Practice Area: Personal Injury

Outcome: Favorable

Description: This is a personal injury claim against the estate of Laura Bardo's mother. Unfortunately, Laura suffered significant physical and sexual abuse as a child at the hands of her mother. Due to a number of circumstances, Laura did not understand the full extent of the harm she suffered as a child until many years later. Through years of counseling, and shortly after her mother's death, Laura finally began to truly understand the connection between her emotional issues and the abuse she endured as a child. She then promptly filed a claim for personal injuries against her mother's estate. The claim made its way into the trial court where it was improperly dismissed on summary judgement. We appealed the trial court's ruling to the Washington State Court of Appeals, Division II, who unanimously agreed with us in an unpublished opinion that the law requires the trial judge's ruling be reversed. The case is now back in the trial court. A very important case and interesting legal issue (i.e. how long a victim of childhood sexual abuse can wait before filing a personal injury claim).

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