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Washington Prisoner Paid $19,000 for Partial Loss of Toe

On September 14, 2007, the state of Washington paid $19,000 to settle with a prisoner who had a portion of his toe cut off while mowing grass at the Washington State Penitentiary in Walla Walla. The suit, filed in Snohomish County Superior Court on March 13, 2006, sought compensation for pain and suffering, medical expenses, and loss of wages. Plaintiff Christopher Fader had claimed in the suit that the Department of Corrections was negligent for, among other things, altering the lawnmower, making it dangerous for use, failing to instruct Fader on the proper use of the lawn mower, and failing to provide appropriate safety equipment. This negligence was alleged to be the proximate cause of Fader’s injury on April 11, 2003. Fader was represented by John. A. Follis of the Anderson Hunter law firm in Everett, Washington.

See: Fader v. State of Washington Department of Corrections, Snohomish County Superior Court, Case No. 06-2-08938-1.

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