15 new legal claims filed in Oso slide

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by JOHN LANGELER / KING 5 News

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Posted on June 9, 2014 at 7:21 PM

Updated Monday, Jun 9 at 10:29 PM

SEATTLE --A Seattle attorney has filed a dozen more legal claims stemming from the deadly Oso Landslide, which occurred March 22.
  
The attorney, Corrie Yackulic, is filing the legal claims on behalf of family members of landslide victims.

Nine new claims were for wrongful death; one was for "outrage and negligent infliction of emotional distress," and another for destruction of property.

According to KING 5 news partner The Seattle Times, three more claims were filed Monday as well by another attorney.
   
The claims are against the State of Washington and Snohomish County.

KING 5 has also learned several more claims will be served Tuesday by more victims of the disaster.

Robin Youngblood, who lost her home in the landslide and was rescued from the mud, said she hopes this leads to changes in laws.

"They kknew there was danger," Youngblood said Monday, "And they didn't even forewarn people."

Youngblood now lives in Marysville in a rental home, while the legal and insurance process slowly moves along.

"It doesn't matter if anybody agrees with you, doesn't matter if you get yelled at or called greedy," she said, "You have to be a voice."

Claims are precursors to potential litigation.  The defendants have time to respond, and if they don't, lawsuits can be filed.

Calls to Snohomish County were not returned.  Washington's Department of Natural Resources said it could not comment on the claim.

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