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July 8, 2009

$700000 Settlement Veterans Suicide Bean Hill-VA

Filed under: Uncategorized — veteranclaims @ 2:35 pm

“The family of a veteran whose suicide at the Veterans Affairs hospital on Beacon Hill in 2006 helped expose unsafe conditions in the facility’s psychiatric ward has settled a lawsuit against the government for $700,000, according to court documents and the family’s attorney.”

“For two days, according to the lawsuit, staff in the psychiatric ward documented that Whitcomb was delusional, paranoid and at seriousrisk for suicide. He was hearing voices and said his neighbors were plotting to kill him. Twice on Nov. 9, the lawsuit said, nurses put notes in his file saying that Whitcomb was suicidal and delusional.

Yet, the staff never took away his belt. Just hours after the last note was written, he hanged himself with the belt on a non-breakaway shower bar in a bathroom”

Full Article:

by Mike Carter

Seattle Times staff reporter

<a href= “http://seattletimes.nwsource.com/html/localnews/2009430637_vasettle08m0.html”>Family of Federal Way veteran settles VA suit for $700,000</a>

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