Government Liability

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.