Usually the statutory limitation period begins to run from the time that you knew or should have known that an act of malpractice occurred. However, most states have an ultimate limitation period called a statute of repose. Under the statute of repose you are barred even if you did not know. For example, in Florida the limitation period is two years from the time that you knew or should have known, BUT in no case longer than four years from the date of the alleged act of malpractice. Check with a WA state lawyer to find out what your exact statutory periods are. One other thing to be aware of is that if your worker's compensation carrier paid for medical bills related to or arising from the malpractice, they will have a lien against your recovery. Sometimes this makes it very difficult to pursue a malpractice claim given the expense of proving the case with medical experts.
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