Western State Hospital Fails Inspection, Loses $53M in Annual Funding
Inspection Reveals Major Safety Problems at Washington’s Largest Psychiatric Care Facility
Western State Hospital has been on thin ice since failing an inspection in 2015. Recently, after yet another failed inspection, the hospital has lost $53 million in annual federal funding due to decertification and sub-par care quality.
Western State Hospital is the state’s biggest mental health care facility for people suffering from major psychiatric illnesses, most of whom are admitted by loved ones, police, and other third parties. Unacceptably low care places hospital residents at risk of harming themselves, harming other patients, and going without the life-saving mental health treatment they need.
The recent inspection revealed a number of issues, including:
- Staff shortages
- Patients reporting that they don’t see their doctor regularly
- Reduced sense of safety among hospital residents
- Heightened frequency of patient-on-patient assaults, lack of preventative measures to keep residents from harming one another
- Fire detector problems
- Contractors working on the property at all hours of the day and night
Bellevue Personal Injury Attorneys Serving Staff & Residents of Western State Hospital
Our team at Stein, Lotzkar & Starr, P.S. is prepared to serve staff members of Western State Hospital who have experienced personal suffering, financial losses, and painful injuries as a result of inadequate or negligent administrative practices. Our Bellevue personal injury attorneys are also willing and able to help people who have received unacceptably poor care while receiving treatment at Western State Hospital.
We understand that when doctors and hospital administrators don’t manage healthcare facilities as they ought, patients and staff are the ones who bear the brunt of such negligence. Connect with our firm right away to speak to an experienced attorney about your injuries and allow us to help you evaluate your case.
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