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Personal Injury Lawsuits Against Washington State Department of Corrections

Personal Injury Lawsuits Resulting from DOC Misconduct

suing the WA DOCThe Washington State Department of Corrections (DOC) has a duty to make sure that those in their control and under their supervision do not present a danger to the general public. This includes ensuring that a person who is about to be released is actually safe to be released back into society. 

When the failure of the Department of Corrections (DOC) to properly monitor, supervise, or manage inmates, parolees or their own personnel and staff results in serious harm, injury or death to an individual, the department needs to be held accountable.

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As a prominent personal injury lawyer with experience in handling claims against the DOC, attorney Chris Davis's opinion is often featured by local media covering DOC-related issues and incidents.

  

Failure To Supervise Cases

When a person who is under supervision by the Washington State Department of Corrections (DOC) is not properly supervised and that indivdual then causes physical injury or the death of of another, the victim or their surviving family members may have a legal claim against the state.  In numerous cases it has been found that the DOC has failed to follow statutory law regarding probation supervision and failed to follow its own directives requiring increased supervision due to clear evidence that there may be a serious community safety concern. 

Pursuing a lawsuit against the Department of Corrections can be extremely complex for a variety of reasons. These types of cases may require the assistance of a personal injury attorney who has experience with personal injury claims against government agencies.

DOC Victim's Rights Attorneys

Our office has represented several victims of negligence by the Washington State Department of Corrections (DOC) in the past. Examples of injury claims we have handled and/or are currently handling against the DOC include: 

  • Security guards sexually assaulting inmates
  • Failure to supervise a parolee/trustee resulting in injury or death of an innocent citizen.
  • Inmates mistakenly released early from prison.

If you believe that negligence on the part of the DOC has resulted in harm to you or a family member, it may be in your best interests to consult with an experienced personal injury lawyer. State government agencies typically employ several attorneys and consultants in-house to vigorously defend negligence claims, and having a qualified lawyer on your site may even the playing field for you and your family.

Inmates Mistakenly Released Early From Prision In Washington

In December 2015, it was revealed that as many as 3,200 prisoners were mistakenly released early from prison due to a miscalculation of the release date or some other administrative failure. When prisoners are released early it creates a serious public safety issue. Several of these early-released offenders have committed new crimes during a time when they should have been in custody. This includes the tragic death of 17-year-old Caesar Medina, who was killed by a prisoner who was mistakenly released by Department of Corrections officials.

Those harmed by early-released prisoners or the family members of individuals who have been killed by prisoners that were prematurely release may have significant legal claims against the Washington State Department of Corrections. The state has announced that there are at least 21 prisoners who have been mistakenly released early and committed new crimes while they should have been incarcerated. Their names and subsequent crimes are listed below: 

Name (Last, First) Original Release Adjusted Date Crime County DOC Number
YORK, JIMMIE EARL 6/6/2015 7/26/2015 Harassment King 813713
BENNETT, JOHN LEWIS 8/31/2015 12/13/2015 Assault 2, Assault 2 Pierce 299247
WRIGHT, ORLANDO DEVON 11/6/2012 1/21/2013 Robbery 1 King 897406
HOWELL, ZACHARY JOSEPH 1/30/2012 4/17/2012 Assault 2 Pierce 878785
BUSTAMANTE,ADRIAN 9/11/2014 10/16/2014 Assault 2 Pierce 737155
MCHENRY, MONTIAE 3/7/2012 7/16/2012 Assault 2 Pierce 722586
MANNAN, JEROME BASIM 12/20/2012 7/30/2013 Robbery 1 Snohomish 289007
SPENCER, CRUZ JAMES 8/24/2015 10/26/2015 Assault 2 Benton 345077
STILLGESS, VINCENT RAYMOND 9/8/2014 11/12/2014 Assault 2 Pierce 782557
BENALLY, COLBY 7/25/2013 12/3/2013 Robbery 2 King 332666
SIMMS, CHRISTOPHER EUGENE 9/29/2015 1/15/2016 Robbery 1 Pierce 330455
SUTTON, CHARLES LEE 8/3/2014 8/18/2014 Assault 2 Pierce 364217
BORREGO, JOHNNY CONTRERAS 3/29/2013 6/8/2013 Assault 2, Robbery 2 Benton 329731
MEIER, DANIEL M 8/26/2012 9/22/2012 Riot Spokane 337967
SAGE, PATRICK RYAN 8/25/2014 10/31/2014 Robbery 2 King 372499
MOEURN, LAURA BAKER 5/16/2012 5/31/2012 Assault 2 Grays Harbor 346192
SMITH, WILLIAM AARON 3/12/2015 4/25/2015 Assault 2 Yakima 896059
PARADA, FRANKLIN MOISES 1/15/2015 3/19/2015 Assault 3 Benton 370813
SMITH, THOMAS G 4/8/2014 8/18/2014 Assault 2 King 762855
STEPHENS, MICHAEL W 3/18/2014 4/27/2014 Robbery 2 Spokane 370177
CHASSAIGNE, DEBRA EVON 11/25/2013 12/20/2013 Residential Burglary Clark 361204
KREWSON, JOSEPH SOLOMON 10/21/2013 12/14/2013 Assault 2 Snohomish 835112
MCCALPINE, MAURICE BENJAMIN 7/23/2012 9/16/2012 Robbery 1 Pierce 326923
HALL, JUNAID RAMSEY 6/19/2012 11/9/2012 Burglary 1 Pierce 310369
LOUIS, JAMES LEO 2/13/2012 6/7/2012 Robbery 1 King 749880
SANCHEZ, JESUS GUADALUPE 10/13/2015 5/23/2016 Assault 2 Skagit 835607
MIHALCE, MIHAI ROMULUS 12/15/2014 5/23/2015 Burglary 1 King 754564
HEPPER, ROBERT O 10/24/2014 4/6/2015 Burglary 1 Spokane 331017
OLIVER, MARTRE TIRIK 9/8/2014 1/2/2015 Assault 2 Pierce 373111
ERICKSON, COLHANE KEITH 11/26/2013 1/16/2014 Assault 3 Whatcom 328141
ELLIS, CAMERON 8/15/2013 1/28/2014 Assault 2 King 353696
JACKSON, VICTORIA ROBIN 10/5/2015 10/30/2015 Assault 1 King 300789
FISCHER, THEOFELE 8/26/2015 10/24/2015 Robbery 2 King 332207
WILLIAMS, THOMAS ANDREW 3/9/2015 4/29/2015 Assault 3 King 329046
ALLEN, MARCOS ALOYSIUS 1/20/2015 3/28/2015 Robbery 1 Pierce 305121
WILLIAMS, TRAVIS MICHAEL 6/17/2013 9/17/2013 Robbery 2, Assault 2 Pierce 349627
WILLIAMS, KEITH THOMAS 11/9/2015 2/23/2016 Assault 2 King 361577
MISKELLY, CHRISTOPHER 9/16/2015 1/8/2016 Burglary 1 Snohomish 333283
MORRIS, DANIEL DEAN 8/3/2015 11/26/2015 Assault 2 Pierce 862786
DIAZ, ALFREDO LEONELL SILVA 7/6/2015 7/31/2015 Assault 3 Grant 357627
BLINDHEIM, BRIAN EUGENE 10/22/2012 12/16/2012 Assault 2 Snohomish 882335
CANTU, ABEL 11/30/2015 2/22/2016 Drugs Skagit 341041
ROBERTS, BRANDON J 11/30/2015 1/19/2016 Assault 3 Grays Harbor 377555
TOWERY, CURTIS DAVID 11/30/2015 2/17/2016 Burglary 1 Pierce 873661
KLUTH, CHAD NICHOLAS 11/23/2015 1/22/2016 Robbery 1 Snohomish 349421
PAGEL, SHANE ANTHONY 11/17/2015 1/16/2016 Assault 3 Thurston 278878
PAIGE, TERRANCE ANTHONIA 11/12/2015 2/6/2016 Assault 2 King 348867
SIMS, JOSEPH FOREST 11/4/2015 1/16/2016 Assault 2 King 322406
BENNINGER, NATHAN NEIL 11/2/2015 4/25/2016 Assault 2 Stevens 313831
JODICE, ROBERT MICHAEL 10/27/2015 2/16/2016 Assault 2 Snohomish 764084
TAYLOR, JOHN TRAVIS 10/16/2015 2/10/2016 Robbery 1 Clark 363037
CHISSUS, TODD ROBERT 9/28/2015 1/10/2016 Burglary 1 Lewis 701170
MOORE, JOSHUA RAY 9/27/2015 1/6/2016 Assault 2 King 381812
GATLIN, ADRIAN JONATHAN 9/17/2015 1/27/2016 Residential Burglary Yakima 363794
YOUNG, FLOYD 9/16/2015 4/2/2016 Assault 2 Benton 789739
STERLING, VINCENT E 9/9/2015 2/24/2016 Robbery 1 Pierce 334590
SILVERA, MICHEIL ANTHONY 8/19/2015 1/8/2016 Burglary 1 Pierce 805410
JENNINGS, DAVID BRIAN 8/10/2015 3/10/2016 Assault 2 Pierce 821357
REID, JAMES ERIN 3/16/2015 1/10/2017 Assault 2 Pierce 899437
DELGADO, JOSEPH MICHAEL 11/3/2015 1/29/2016 Assault 2 Whatcom 369954
FONG, MICHAEL JOSEPH 10/9/2015 2/16/2016 Burglary 1, Assault 2 Pierce 899782
MCCRACKEN, CHASE BRENDON 9/28/2015 2/21/2016 Residential Burglary Skamania 378196
PATTERSON, RACHEL ROSE MARIE 9/28/2015 3/26/2016 Assault 2 Snohomish 379448
DAVIS, BOBBY DUANE 12/10/2015 1/31/2016 Burglary 1 Skagit 359354
WILLIAMS, EUGENE 12/7/2015 1/22/2016 Assault 2 King 376600
ADAMS, JESSE DONNELLY 12/7/2015 2/9/2016 Assault 2 Snohomish 873866
KLATT, CURTIS ALLEN 9/10/2015 10/14/2015 Assault 2 King 380790
NGUYEN, NGOC VUANH 2/18/2015 4/21/2015 Assault 3 Whatcom 736166
IMAN, PAUL ALLAN 12/15/2015 2/9/2016 Robbery 1 Pierce 341496
ACEVEDO, EDUARDO 12/8/2015 2/24/2016 Robbery 2 Yakima 377317
OSTER, GARY THOMAS 12/2/2015 12/23/2015 Robbery 1 Snohomish 274154
SERGIENKO, KONSTANTIN A 10/26/2015 1/6/2016 Imprisonment Spokane 382021
PUA, AIGALELEI 10/5/2015 11/28/2015 Assault 2 King 350036
HALL, BOBBY LARELLE 8/17/2015 9/18/2015 Assault 3 King 306373
JACKSON, ROBERT TERRANCE 8/10/2015 12/6/2015 Robbery 2 King 771716
IBARRA, STEVE 7/27/2015 10/29/2015 Assault 2 Whatcom 363397
SMITH, JEREMIAH A 5/14/2015 8/10/2015 Robbery 1 Spokane 317655
CROW, BRYAN JACK ROSS 4/28/2015 5/8/2015 Assault 2 Yakima 372580
JIM, MARCUS ERIC 4/7/2015 6/23/2015 Assault 3 King 890402
HICKEY, RYAN LEE 1/26/2015 2/23/2015 Assault 2 King 810131
BACANI, JUSTIN MATTHEW 10/14/2014 11/29/2014 Assault 2 King 804802
BERCIER, DUNCAN L 9/24/2014 11/7/2014 Assault 2 Snohomish 889108
ROJAS, GERALDO 6/10/2014 9/3/2014 Assault 2 King 357444
BLACK, TERRY LEE 12/3/2013 3/20/2014 Assault 2 King 336429
MAGER, JUSTIN JEFFREY 8/19/2013 12/7/2013 Robbery 1 Spokane 892037
WRIGHT, DARREN MICHAEL 1/23/2013 4/11/2013 Assault 3 Yakima 324208
JOHANSEN, MATTHEW JACOB 8/27/2012 9/25/2012 Possession of Controlled Substance Clark 766798