Parents file $20 million wrongful death suits against State for son’s death at Western State Hospital

The parents of a mentally ill young man who committed suicide while a patient at Western State Hospital have filed wrongful death lawsuits against the State of Washington reports The Seattle-Post Intelligencer. Western State Hospital is a mental health hospital located on Steilacoom Boulevard in Tacoma.

Marcos and Phyllis Gordon of Montesano, located in Grays Harbor County, are asking for $20 million in damages and their suits claim that the psychiatric hospital did not do enough to protect their son, Anthony Gordon, 27. Gordon was admitted to the hospital by court order and was experiencing hallucinations and suicidal thoughts at the time of his commitment. He hung himself with a bed sheet in January of 2008.

The Gordons also claim that the staff at the hospital falsified a report in a an attempt to conceal their mistakes.

Washington State has a wrongful death statute which allows the family of a person who has died because of the negligence or wrongful act of another person or entity to sue for damages on behalf of the deceased. Wrongful death suits can arise from construction accidents, medical malpractice, criminal attacks, nursing home neglect and automobile accidents.

If you feel your family member’s death could have been prevented if it had not been for some one’s negligence, you should contact a personal injury attorney. At The Farber Law Group, we have more than 30 years experience representing families in their wrongful death suits. With offices in Bellevue and Seattle, we are here to help you.

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