Washington DOC Recreation Injury Suit Settled for $9,500
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Karas v. Pine Lodge Facility
In August of 2000, the Department of General Administration paid John E. Karas $9,500. Karas, a prisoner at Pine Lodge Facility in Spokane County, Washington, was ordered by a guard to remove bowling pins as the automatic pinsetter was not operating. This incident occurred at the recreation area at Pine Lodge, Eastern State Hospital. (Karas currently had not been working as he was not employed in any work program). Despite the danger in the task, Karas complied with the guard's orders as he did not want to be punished for refusing to program. As a consequence the plaintiff was injured when the pinsetter fell on top of him. The plaintiff was represented by Spokane, attorney Patrick R. Acres, who helped Karas sue the Washington DOC for negligence. Karas suffered trauma and physical disabilities, as well as medical expenses and loss of enjoyment of life. In 2000 the State of Washington paid Karas $9,500 to settle the suit. See: Karas v. Pine Lodge Facility, Superior Court of Washington for Spokane Co No. 98-2-04468-8.