- Associated Press - Monday, February 19, 2018

LAKEWOOD, Wash. (AP) - The family of a patient at Western State Hospital has sued the state, alleging that negligent medical care at the psychiatric facility led to his death.

The News Tribune reports that Lavonn Williams II’s family said he died from a pulmonary embolism in December 2014, less than six months after he was committed to the hospital. That’s according to tort claims they filed as a precursor to their lawsuit.

They argue he didn’t get proper, timely care after he collapsed at the psychiatric hospital several years ago. The lawsuit says by the time he was taken to another local hospital for medical care days later, it was too late.

DSHS spokeswoman Kelly Stowe says the agency would not comment on pending litigation.

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Information from: The News Tribune, http://www.thenewstribune.com

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