Government Liability

State pays $3M to settle lawsuit over deaths on Highway 522

State pays $3M to settle lawsuit over deaths on Highway 522

EVERETT HERALD: On the way home, the Kingers’ vehicle was struck head-on while traveling Highway 522, near Fales Road. The Kingers, both in their 70s, died from their injuries, as did Isabella Bednarski, the other driver’s baby girl. That was in 2014.

King County jury awards $123 million to victims of Ride the Ducks crash

King County jury awards $123 million to victims of Ride the Ducks crash

SEATTLE TIMES: The jury determined that Ride The Ducks International bore 67 to 70 percent of the responsibility for the 2015 crash and Ride The Ducks of Seattle was 30 to 33 percent at fault in the crash that killed five people and injured more than 60 others.

Washington state to pay $28 million to woman paralyzed in I-5 crash in Pierce County

Washington state to pay $28 million to woman paralyzed in I-5 crash in Pierce County

SEATTLE TIMES: Skylar Seward was 15 in 2013 when the car she was riding in swerved left and went off the roadway on Interstate 5 near DuPont, Pierce County, colliding with an unprotected concrete pillar in the freeway median.

Lawsuit: Puyallup officer’s traffic direction led to wreck, infant’s death

Lawsuit: Puyallup officer’s traffic direction led to wreck, infant’s death

THE NEWS TRIBUNE: A police officer directs traffic after an accident. As he signals vehicles through an intersection, a driver doesn’t understand he’s supposed to stop and crashes into a vehicle the officer had waved through. Is the city who employs the officer responsible for the wreck, or does state statute protect the government from liability? That’s what a lawsuit filed by a couple in Pierce County Superior Court will decide.

'Warehoused:' Deaf student wins $1 million settlement from Grandview schools

'Warehoused:' Deaf student wins $1 million settlement from Grandview schools

YAKIMA HERALD: The Grandview School District has settled a federal civil rights lawsuit filed on behalf of a deaf student for $1 million, attorneys for the student announced Tuesday. Jose Garcia was basically “warehoused” in special education classes even though he was hearing impaired, not developmentally delayed, Seattle attorney Karen Koehler said in a news release about the settlement, which she called a record in an educational deprivation case.