(1) 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.
(2) Unless the context clearly requires otherwise, for the purposes of this chapter,
“local governmental entity” means a county, city, town, special district, municipal corporation as defined in
RCW 39.50.010, quasi-municipal corporation, any joint municipal utility services authority, any
entity created by public agencies under RCW 39.34.030, or public hospital.
(3) For the purposes of this chapter, “volunteer” is defined according to RCW 51.12.035.
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