The Seattle Post Intelligencer reports that McGraw Center of the Seattle Children’s Home has reached a wrongful death settlement agreement with the family of a Sultan teenager who committed suicide at the center.
The family of Ashlie Bunch, who was 15 at the time of her death, sued the Children’s home claiming negligence because the home failed to check on Ashlie every five minutes as her treatment plan required because she was on a suicide watch.
According to the report, the McGraw center is changing some of their staff training programs and they also fired three people on their staff after Ashlie died.
Washington state has a wrongful death statute which allows the family of a person who died as a result of negligence or the wrongful act of another to recover damages. Wrongful death lawsuits are usually brought on behalf of a loved one by a spouse, parent or child.
This information is provided by Washington Injury Attorney blog, a service of The Farber law Group. We have more than 30 years experience representing families in their wrongful death claims including those called by auto accidents, medical negligence and malpractice and work-related injuries.