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Attorneys Brad Moore (left) and Karen Koehler (right) address the media regarding the Seattle Children’s class-action lawsuit.
Attorneys Brad Moore (left) and Karen Koehler (right) address the media regarding the Seattle Children’s lawsuit.

Our lawyers are still representing 18 families involved in the lawsuit against Seattle Children’s Hospital regarding instances of Aspergillus mold contamination going back as early as 2000. The purpose of the Seattle Children’s lawsuit is to bring justice to the families whose children have sickened or died from Aspergillus mold contamination at Seattle Children’s Hospital.

“This action is targeted against the management, building, and engineering department of Seattle Children’s for a systemic cover-up that has existed now for almost 19 years,” said Stritmatter Attorney Karen Koehler.

If you or your child have been affected by medical malpractice at Seattle Children’s, you may be eligible to join the lawsuit.

Contact us today for a free consultation.

Related: Seattle Children’s Links Mold to Infections and Deaths as Early as 2001


The entrance of Seattle Children’s Hospital, located in Washington State.
The entrance of Seattle Children’s Hospital, located in Washington State.

The Seattle Children’s lawsuit explains the timeline from when Seattle Children’s first discovered the Aspergillus, the lawsuit they settled confidentially to hide information from the public, and the continued contamination in their air handling systems. The official lawsuit alleges as follows:

For decades Defendant Seattle Children’s Hospital Medical Center has been one of the most revered pediatric medical facilities in the country.

In November 2019, Defendant shocked the public by admitting its premises at 4800 Sandpoint Way Northeast, Seattle, Washington, had been contaminated with Aspergillus mold since 2001 which sickened and caused the death of numerous children patients.

By at least 2005, the Defendant knew the transmission of Aspergillus into its premises could be related to its air-handling system. At that time in order to win a lawsuit brought by the Patnode family, Defendant hired lawyers and experts in an attempt to disprove that fact.

During the course of that lawsuit, troubling information surfaced regarding the Defendant’s failure to maintain and staff its air-handling systems. In 2008, Defendant settled the lawsuit and insisted on confidentiality. In the following years, the Defendant kept a deadly secret: Aspergillus continued to contaminate Children’s Hospital. The defendant engaged in a cover-up designed to reassure its patients, doctors, nurses, and the public that its premises were safe, when in fact they were not.

This Class Action lawsuit is brought on behalf of the child patients of Defendant who became infected by Aspergillus mold after they were hospitalized between 2001 and the present time.


Aspergillus is a common mold that exists all around us. While it is not harmful to people with healthy immune systems, inhaling the spores can cause a deadly infection for people who are immuno-compromised. In this case, at least 14 children developed Aspergillus infections while in the care of Seattle Children’s, six of whom died.


The Stritmatter Firm in association with Layman Law Firm has filed a complaint against Seattle Children’s Hospital. Our lawyers are representing the families affected by Aspergillus mold contamination at Seattle Children’s.

If you believe you or your child may have been injured due to medical negligence,  contact our lawyers today at for a free consultation.