The 1986 Washington Tort Reform Act’ (hereinafter referred to as the Act) has seriously impacted many of the major principles of tort law in Washington, and the Act may be seen as part of a broader change which has been evolving throughout the United States. In many instances the Act makes changes that merely add Washington to a number of jurisdictions with similar provisions. In other instances the Act moves in directions that have not previ- ously been addressed. Finally, some portions of the Act make changes similar to those found in other jurisdictions, but differ in the manner that the change was effected.
This survey addresses the effect of the Act upon this evolving face of tort law in the United States. Without addressing the theo- retical underpinnings, this survey looks at approaches many juris- dictions have taken that are similar or may relate to provisions found in the Act. . .