How long after a car accident can someone file an insurance claim to have damages to their car repaired in Washington state?

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How long after a car accident can someone file an insurance claim to have damages to their car repaired in Washington state?

The accident took place in mid December, both parties settled without any insurance claim reports. No medical attention was needed. 4 months later, there was a claim stating that the other party had to pay for a payment of a new bumper to the car, which was never actually damaged in the accident. Can they file the claim that late?

Asked on June 18, 2009 under Accident Law, Washington

Answers:

L.M., Member, California Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 12 years ago | Contributor

The statute of limitations on property damage claims is 3 years from the date of the accident in Washington state.  They do, though, have to prove that the damage was related to the accident and I'm wondering if it was after all this time.  Talk to the adjuster and make sure they are investigating.


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