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Washington DOC Pays $50,000 to Injured Contractor

In 1999, the State of Washington paid Ramon Martin $50,000. Martin, a free citizen of the State of Washington was employed as a contractor with Washington State. On June 30, 1996, Martin delivered a bucket loader to Clallam Bay Corrections Center in Clallam Bay, Washington. Martin did not have the facilities, equipment, or trained personnel to off load the bucket loader at the time. Agents of the State of Washington and the Department of Corrections directed Martin to off load the bucket loader onto a tilt bed trailer. As Martin began to do so, the tilt bed trailer tilted abruptly causing Martin to be thrown in the air, landing him in the bed of a dump truck. As a result of the negligence, Martin was injured and has suffered a fracture of the right tibia and fibula, lower segmental dysfunction of the right leg, right ankle strain/ sprain, and lumber segmental dysfunction. The State of Washington and DOC failed to have available appropriate facilities, appropriate equipment to accept delivery of the equipment it ordered, etc. In 1998, Martin, through his attorney William Reed of Vancouver, file a suit and in 1999, the State of Washington and DOC paid Martin $50,000 to settle the suit. See: Martin v. State of Washington, Thurston County Superior Court, case no. 98-2-014676.

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