Damage Claims

Snohomish County is self-insured for property damage and/or bodily injury liability. In accordance with RCW 4.96.020 and Snohomish County Code 2.90.050, Claims for Damages against the county shall be filed with the risk management division of finance.

Instructions for Filing Claims


If you feel you have a valid claim against the county, please follow these steps below:

Tire Damage Claims


If you are filing a claim for tire damage due to a road hazard and your vehicle is an all-wheel drive or 4 wheel drive, where the manufacturer recommends that all tires be essentially the same circumference, when filing your claim, please note we will need:

  • Evidence of the tread depth remaining on the damaged tire.
  • Evidence of the tread depth remaining on the undamaged tires to be matched on the vehicle, and
  • Evidence of the Vehicle Manufacturer's recommended allowable variance.  See vehicle owner's manual.
Note: You will not be compensated for 4 new tires because of one damaged tire.

 

Once Form Is Received


Once Risk Management has received a completed Claim for Damages Form the claim is assigned to a claims adjuster for investigation. The claims adjuster will contact you when the investigation is complete. 

If County Is Deemed Responsible


If the investigation reveals the county is responsible for damages claimed, the claims adjuster will contact you to reach an amicable settlement.

If County Is Not Deemed Responsible


If the investigation reveals the county is not responsible, the claims adjuster will send a letter explaining why the county is declining payment.