The following are some of the significant results that we have achieved for our clients.
Settlement with a hospital for minor who suffered a permanent traumatic brain injury. This is believed to be one of the largest settlement for a single individual ever in the State of Washington.
Resolved a claim of a foster child against Washington State Department of Social and Health Services for $19,300,000. This is the largest single plaintiff settlement against DSHS.
Settlement with DSHS/State of Washington for six siblings sexually and physically abused by their parents after the State of Washington failed to follow up on their cases after the family fled the state.
Settlement with the State of Washington for three siblings abused by their father after the State failed to competently investigate concerns about their safety in his care. Ressler & Tesh obtained a recovery of $7,200,000.00 on behalf of the plaintiffs.
Settlement with DSHS/State of Washington for the abuse of five foster children and doctors who failed to report the child abuse, including a child who died of starvation/dehydration on his seventh birthday. This case created new law in the Washington Supreme Court. Beggs v. State, Dep’t of Soc. & Health Servs., 171 Wn.2d 69 (2011).
Settlement of over $6,000,000.00 for an extended family hit head on near the top of Stevens’ Pass by a teenage driver who crossed the center line at highway speed. Injuries ranged from scrapes and bruises for children who were in car seats to life-threatening injuries sustained by the driver and his wife. We are happy to report that the family is now doing well.
Two developmentally delayed children suffered years of abuse and neglect in their biological home. DCYF dismissed numerous concerning reports regarding these children and their home, which included information that registered sex offenders were being permitted to stay in the home and that the children were acting out sexually. DCYF would blame the children’s disabilities as the cause of their behavioral issues, instead of fully investigating the home. Ressler & Tesh obtained a recovery of $5,750,000.00 on behalf of these children.
Settlement for four children DSHS failed to remove from an abusive home.
Settlement with DSHS/State of Washington for four foster children sexually and physically abused by their adopted parents.
Settlement for four children who suffered physical and sexual abuse in an unlicensed foster home on Nooksack Indian Reservation. The children were placed in the home due to a lack of communication between DSHS and the Nooksack Indian tribe. In addition, the case resulted in changes in the information sharing procedures between DSHS and various Native American service agencies.
Settlement for developmentally delayed man who suffered severe neurological injury while in the custody of the Kitsap County Jail.
Resolution with DSHS/State of Washington for two children who were physically abused and starved by their parents.
Combined settlement for woman injured when a Ride the Ducks amphibious vehicle struck a charter bus on Seattle’s Aurora Bridge.
Settlement for woman who suffered hypoxic brain injury during tracheostomy tube replacement.
The plaintiff, a young child, was placed into a foster home and forced to share a room with another foster child who was twice his age. Plaintiff was repeatedly sexually abused by the older foster child. DCYF knew of behavioral concerns, including sexually acting out, that the older foster child exhibited, yet DCYF did nothing to protect the plaintiff. Ressler & Tesh obtained a recovery of $4,000,000 on behalf of plaintiff.
Two young children were sexually abused and neglected in their biological home. DCYF received dozens of reports, yet repeatedly failed to properly investigate these reports. Finally, law enforcement rescued these children. Ressler & Tesh obtained a recovery of $3,500,000 on behalf of these children.
Settlement with DSHS for childhood sexual and physical abuse which occurred in both the biological home as well as in a foster home.
Settlement with DSHS/State of Washington for the sexual abuse of a minor who sexually abused by a registered sex offender after DSHS failed to do a background check on the abuser and therefore did not know that this young child was living with him.
Settled claim of child who suffered physical and sexual abuse due to negligent investigation by the State of Washington. Ressler & Tesh obtained a recovery of $2,360,000.00 on behalf of the plaintiff.
The plaintiff was sexually abused by her adopted brother after he was released from juvenile detention for a sex crime. Though the brother was a convicted sex offender, DCYF forced the adoptive parents to take the brother back into their home, even though he was a known risk to the plaintiff. Ressler & Tesh obtained a recovery of $2,250,000 on behalf of the plaintiff.
Combined settlement for two minors who were sexually abused in both in their biological home and in a foster home.
Settlement with State of Washington for the sexual abuse of two young children sexually abused by their biological parents and by another minor after placement into a foster home.
Settlement with DSHS/State of Washington for the sexual abuse of a minor in a foster home.
Settlement against a New York State foster care agency for the sexual and physical abuse of a minor.
After terminating the parental rights, the State allowed the parents to care for four children where they suffered horrific physical and sexual abuse.
Settled a man’s claim against DCYF for sexual abuse he suffered in a foster home as a child. Ressler & Tesh obtained a recovery of $1,466,000.00 for the individual.
Resolved a mother’s claims against the State of Washington and foster parents for negligently causing the SIDS death of her infant daughter. Ressler & Tesh obtained a recovery of $1,450,000.00 for the mother.
Settlement with DSHS for placing two children into a Thurston County home where known previous sexual abuse occurred and the adults sexually abused two children, 4 and 6 years old.
Combined policy limits settlement for woman injured in head-on collision.
Settlement with a religious institution for two brothers sexually abused at a private high school in the 1970s.
Four residents of the Greenhill School were sexually abused by staff of Greenhill. Several criminal convictions followed. Ressler & Tesh obtained a recovery of $1,000,000 on behalf of these plaintiffs.
Resolution for family of deceased passenger following a small airplane crash.
Resolution for the estate of a teenage girl killed in a semi-truck vs. car accident.
Resolution against a bar that over-served a man who went on to run into another car, causing serious injuries to the driver of that car.
Settlement with King County for motor vehicle accident.
Policy limits for a man hit by a car while driving a motorcycle.
The plaintiff was injured in a T-bone collision. Initially believed to have not suffered serious injury, plaintiff continued to suffer from back pain despite years of conservative treatment. Surgery was recommended by plaintiff’s treating physicians, though the defense expert related no injuries to the collision. Ressler & Tesh obtained a recovery of $550,000.00 for the plaintiff.
Settlement against King County Jail for prescription drug side effect.
Settlement for underinsured motorist and insurance bad faith claims relating to pedestrian struck by car.
Resolution for a man hit while crossing a crosswalk.
Verdict in jury trial against the Bellevue School District in case involving sexual abuse at elementary school between two young children. Ressler & Tesh obtained a recovery of $500,000.00.
Homeowner’s policy limits settlement for woman accidentally shot during a negligent gun cleaning.
A boating collision resulted in significant damages to passengers. Ressler & Tesh was able to recover policy limits on behalf of the injured individuals.
Settlement for pedestrian struck by slow moving vehicle.
Settlement for gambling losses attributed to failure to warn about a Mirapex prescription.
Substantial verdict in medical malpractice trial involving failure to diagnose intestinal disorder.
While we have a strong record of success for our clients, there can be no guarantee of a successful outcome in any legal matter.