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Prisoner Burned Washington DOC Paid $4,500

On June 3, 1994, John L. Cox, a prisoner confined at the Twin Rivers Correctional Facility in Monroe, Washington, was severely burned. Cox, working as a steam fitter, was ordered to remove a fitting to repair a broken pump when the fitting blew off and struck his body with hot water and steam. Cox suffered burns to his legs, ankles, arm and abdomen. And as a result of the burns, Cox was required to undergo extensive treatment. In 1995, Cox, through his attorney Mark A. Quigley of Everett, Washington, filed suit claiming that the State of Washington and the Department of Corrections were negligent as he was not warned of the danger(s) on the premises. In 1997, the State of Washington and DOC paid Cox $4,500 to settle the suit. See: Cox v. State of Washington and Twin Rivers Corrections Center, Snohomish County Superior Court No. 96-2-034124.

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Cox v. State of Washington