Washington Court: Time Bar To Personal Injury Action Also Bars Wrongful Death Case
(November 24, 2015, 1:53 PM EST) -- SEATTLE — An estate’s wrongful death asbestos action cannot proceed where the statute of limitations forecloses on the underlying personal injury action, a Washington appeals court held Nov. 23 (Karin Hill, as personal representative of the estate of Heinz Gerhard Schneider v. Bartell’s Asbestos Settlement Trust, et al., No. 73960-3-I, Wash. App., Div. 1; 2015 Wash. App. LEXIS 2887).
(Opinion available. Document #01-151202-008Z.)
Heinz Gerhard Schneider was diagnosed with several asbestos-related diseases in 2003. Schneider eventually succumbed to these diseases in 2011 without ever filing suit....