The 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 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.
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 against the DOC include:
- Security guards sexually assaulting inmates
- Failure to supervise a parolee/trustee resulting in injury or death of an innocent citizen.
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.