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Washington DOC Pays $1,750 in Soapy Shower Slip and Fall

In August of 1993, Greg Irby, a prisoner confined at Cedar Creek in Little Rock, Washington, slipped and fell when trying to take a shower. Irby alleges that the floor of the shower was polished concrete that was covered by soap and water. Irby also reported that after falling no facilities or equipment were present to transfer him from the shower. Instead he was dragged across the floor as he writhed in pain and was denied ice, a neck brace and any other thing that might of alleviated that pain.

Later, Irby was taken to a doctor at the Capital Medical Center in Olympia, Washington. There, medications were prescribed and ice packs were recommended. On September 7, 1993, Irby, represented by J. Stephen Funk from Bellevue, filed a lawsuit claiming negligence in August of 1994, and the State of Washington paid Irby $1,750 to settle the suit. See: Irby v. the State of Washington, King County Superior Court, case no. 93-2-30190-1.

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Irby v. State of Washington