More Oso mudslide damage claims filed

EVERETT — More survivors and family members of the March 22 Oso mudslide victims filed a dozen new damage claims Monday.

That brings to nearly 30 the number of potential lawsuits facing Snohomish County and Washington state over the natural disaster.

“Our goal remains to find out what happened and to make sure it doesn’t happen again and to make sure we can help our clients deal with their losses,” said Seattle attorney Corrie Yackulic, who filed the latest batch of claims.

The mudslide hit at 10:37 a.m. on a Saturday, killing 43 people. Authorities have found the remains of all but one of the dead.

The damage claims are likely precursors to lawsuits. Each claim asks that a jury determine damages.

Nine of the new claims allege wrongful death, Yackulic said. Three others are for personal injury or property loss.

The county’s risk management division also received eight damage claims on Friday from insurance companies.

Yackulic and two other Seattle attorneys representing affected families previously filed nine claims on behalf of slide survivors and victims’ estates.

Noah Haglund: 425-339-3465; nhaglund@heraldnet.com.

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