Seattle psychiatric clinic to pay $5.5 million to health care worker severely injured in patient attack

A mental health worker, Maritza Dowe, has been awarded a $5.5 settlement by insurers of the Community Psychiatric Clinic in Seattle after a schizophrenic patient brutally attacked her, blinded her and nearly killed her reports Seattle’s KOMO

Dowe was attacked in July 2006 by Marilyn Walker, a patient of Community Psychiatric Clinic. Walker had been confined to Western State Hospital in 2001 after being psychotic and violent and attacking her roommate and threatening to kill another person. She was released by Western in 2003 and was being treated at the Community Psychiatric Clinic.

In her negligence lawsuit, Dowe claimed that Community Psychiatric Clinic was responsible for her injuries because the Clinic had not carefully reviewed Walker’s file and lowered her antipsychotic medications.

Dowe’s co-worker, Ramona Garza, was awarded 500K for severe post traumatic stress after witnessing Dowe’s attack.

Walker was acquitted in the attack on Dowe and Garza due to insanity. The court has given her a life stay at Western State Hospital.

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