Keep Washington Safe

In 1961 governmental immunity gets the ax

In Governmental Immunity on January 6, 2011 at 3:15 am

American citizens finally got tired of letting the “King” be above the law.  They wanted their government to be accountable just like everyone else.  In 1961, the Washington legislature agreed that governement should be able to be sued: 

“All local governmental entities, whether acting in a governmental or proprietary capacity, shall be liable for damages arising out of their tortious conduct, or the tortious conduct of their past or present officers, employees, or volunteers while performing or in good faith purporting to perform their official duties, to the same extent as if they were a private person or corporation. Filing a claim for damages within the time allowed by law shall be a condition precedent to the commencement of any action claiming damages. The laws specifying the content for such claims shall be liberally construed so that substantial compliance therewith will be deemed satisfactory.”

 Revised Code of Washington 4.96.010(1)


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