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Washington DOC Pays $5,750 in Bunk Fall Case

In January of 1996, prisoner Ronald J. Joyner as injured climbing down from his top bunk. Joyner, a prisoner at Washington Correctional Center in Shelton, Washington, fell climbing from a window ledge onto a chair that collapsed underneath him. Joyner dislocated his shoulder and was treated with valium and demerol after being taken to the prison infirmary. As this failed to alleviate his pain, Joyner required surgery as injuries included a torn rotator cup.

Joyner was represented by Thomas Olmstead for the Seattle law offices of Olmstead, Gibbs and Harper. Joyner sued the Washington Department of Corrections for negligence for not having ladders installed on the bunks. In February of 1999, the Washington DOC paid Joyner $5,750 to settle out of court. See: Joyner v. State of Washington and DOC, Kitsap County Superior Court, case no. 97-2-00941-5 and Mason County Superior Court No. 98-2-00278-0.

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Joyner v. State of Washington