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$3.4 Million Settlement in Wrongful Death Case

A lawsuit was filed against the Washington Department of Corrections (DOC) and a convicted felon. The plaintiff argued that the DOC had failed to supervise the felon well enough considering the felon caused a high speed car crash that ultimately led to the death of one person and another person was severely injured.

The felon, Ramsey, was under the influence of illegal drugs while operating the car negligently. Ramsey was a convicted felon with more than 40 total criminal convictions. She was classified as a "high violent" and "high risk" offender, which means she was under the DOC's highest level of monitoring and supervision. The lawsuit alleged that the DOC failed to issue an arrest warrant for her after she had violated her community supervision months before the accident. The DOC had also failed to locate her in a timely manner even after an informant reported her whereabouts.

The loss of a loved one through the reckless or negligent actions of another person or company is devastating. No amount of money will ever make up the damage of the loss of a loved family member; however, in protecting yourself after such an incident, realize that the individual who caused the needless death may have to be forced into taking responsibility for their actions. The legal process in wrongful death cases is one way to protect others who may be under the care of such an individual. The death of a loved one is the most devastating loss that one can experience. The grief and dismay of the incident is overwhelming, and one may forget that there are going to be financial losses as well. Even though these financial losses do not even slightly matter compared to the loss of your loved one, they are necessary to handle. That is where Lauri J. Goldstein & Associates, PLLC, can assist you.

The DOC agreed to a settlement of $3.4 million the first day of the trial. This settlement was divided between the surviving children of the person who was killed in the accident and the passenger that was severely injured and continues to need medical assistance.