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Washington DOC Pays $10,500 in Slip and Fall

In 1997, the State of Washington and the Department of Corrections paid Mark A. Kostatelos $10,500. Kostatelos, a prisoner residing at McNeil Island Correctional Center in Steilacoom County, Washington, worked in the marine maintenance and repair shop as a marine mechanic. On May 19, 1988, Kostatelos, while physically transporting a 35 gallon fuel tank up a short ladder to the deck of the patrol boat, slipped on a piece of wet plywood on the deck vessel. Kostatelos' fall resulted in a severe and permanent injury as he suffered a herniated disc within his lower back. Because of this, Kostatelos is now disabled. In 1989, Kostatelos, through his attorney Kevin Keefe from Seattle, filed suit claiming that the State of Washington was negligent in securing the area. The Washington DOC paid Kostatelos $10,500 to settle the suit. See: Kostatelos v. the State of Washington and DOC, King County Superior Court No. 892-163993-3.

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Kostatelos v. State of Washington