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Governmental Liability

In Washington, both state and local governments are required by law to conduct their business activities with a certain level of care. If government employees fail to meet the level of care required by law and you or your loved one consequently suffers injury or damage, you may have a claim for compensation.

Rush, Hannula, Harkins & Kyler, L.L.P., won a case before the Washington State Supreme Court that provides the foundation for government accountability in Washington. The case of Peterson v. State of Washington established the fundamental elements for government liability that require the State’s employees to exercise reasonable care to protect foreseeable victims of dangerous patients held in State hospitals or prisoners being released from State institutions. The Peterson case won a significant recovery for our client for injuries caused by a person carelessly released from Western State Hospital.

Following Peterson, our attorneys have successfully handled numerous additional cases against State mental hospitals and the Department of Corrections for the negligent release of dangerous persons. Based upon the legal principles established in Peterson, those injured due to foster home neglect, elder abuse, Child Protective Services’ failures and Department of Corrections’ failures can hold the government accountable.

The lawyers at Rush, Hannula, Harkins & Kyler, L.L.P., have successfully held the State of Washington and various municipalities accountable for serious injuries and deaths caused by the their negligent conduct. Our lawyers have successfully sued the Department of Corrections for the negligent release from custody of dangerous prisoners and for its failures in the required supervision of parolees or persons on work release who later injure or kill innocent people. In addition, the Department of Social and Health Services (DSHS) has been held liable for failing to adequately supervise caregivers who negligently or intentionally cause harm to their adult or child wards. Even police agencies, whose officers negligently fail to remove dangerous individuals from the highway when they had an opportunity to do so, can be held accountable for serious injuries and death that result.

If you or a member of your family has been injured or has died because of a negligent act by a government agency, please contact Rush, Hannula, Harkins & Kyler, L.L.P. at 866-454-RHHK (7445) or 253-383-5388 or click here to submit a simple case form for more information.

Are You a Victim of the MultiCare-Good Samaritan Hospital Hepatitis C Exposure?
Our firm is actively taking on representation of clients who were patients at MultieCare-Good Samaritan Hospital and were exposed to Hepatitis C and perhaps other diseases. We are investigating the actions of MultiCare and its employees as well as the MultiCare system itself that led to this crisis occurring.

If you have information about this incident, or previous incidences of MultiCare employees misusing narcotic medications intended for patients, or if you have legal questions about this matter and your rights, our lawyers are available to assist you at 253-383-5388.
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  • "Client was disabled from working in prior profession after sustaining a severe closed head injury and brain trauma in an automobile accident on Interstate 5. $7,845,000. "

  • "Pedestrian client was struck by semi-truck, and the trailer wheels rolled over client’s body causing severe injury. $1,145,000. "

  • "Client was involved in a head-on collision when a bus crossed the center line. Client suffered a severe closed head injury preventing him from returning to his previous employment. $884,998. "

  • "Client was involved in serious head-on collision with uninsured motorist while on-the-job, resulting in physical injury and posttraumatic stress disorder. Client can no longer work as a commercial truck driver. $708,000. "

  • "Client was a rear seat passenger in a vehicle that was involved in an automobile accident. Client was severely injured as the result of a defective seatbelt, while the other three occupants of the vehicle sustained only minor injuries. $650,000. "

  • "Client was killed in automobile accident caused by defendant’s failure to yield the right-of-way. $650,000. "

  • "Minor client was on his way to school and was struck by a vehicle while crossing the street in a marked crosswalk. Defendant driver had pulled into oncoming lane to pass another vehicle and struck client, causing serious injuries. $500,000. "

  • "Client was killed as a result of an in-cab fuel tank, which caught fire after an automobile accident. $350,000. "

  • "Client riding a bicycle was struck by a motorist who failed to yield the right-of-way. Client sustained numerous injuries, including a closed head injury. $120,000. "

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  • "I have been a client of Dan Kyler’s since 1996. Having had numerous car accidents, I rely upon Rush, Hannula, Harkins & Kyler to help me through them. The most obscure questions have been answered and help is given on all levels. Thanks."

  • "John Wilson demonstrated his professionalism by keeping us current on our case, explaining our options, giving us realistic expectations and demonstrating the highest level of ethics and integrity beyond reproach. We have the highest confidence that we were well represented."

  • "Dan Hannula’s hard work helped to settle my auto accident case. "

  • "Having a motorcycle accident was bad enough, let alone dealing with insurance companies. John Wilson and his staff made everything easy to understand and hassle free. "

  • "I am extremely satisfied with the service I experienced with this firm and I would recommend them to anyone that needs legal representation. Michael Fisher and his staff are great people. "

  • "Vern Harkins perseverance and hard work made it possible to get the maximum settlement from the insurance company. I know he had my interest in mind as demonstrated by his actions. "

  • "The office staff were courteous, pleasant and kept me informed as to what was going on throughout the whole ordeal. "

  • "Molly Crowley is a very professional and knowledgeable lawyer. I felt I was very well represented!! "

  • "Molly Crowley was knowledgeable, kept me informed every step of the way and just did a great job! "

  • "We got a fair settlement and were treated with respect and dignity throughout the whole process. -Blake W. "

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