Seattle Law Firm Investigating Marysville Smokey Point Behavioral Hospital for Patient Abuse

09/09/2019

Class-action attorneys put the spotlight on allegations of improper care and medical direction at Smokey Point in Marysville, Wash.

SEATTLE – Seattle-based class-action law firm Hagens Berman has opened an investigation against Smokey Point Behavioral Hospital in Marysville, Wash. which the firm alleges is understaffed and unable to adequately care for patients.

The Marysville mental health facility has been accused of failing to address serious patient care concerns. If you sought care at Smokey Point Behavioral Hospital in Marysville, Wash., contact us to find out your rights »

“Our attorneys have received patient reports of egregious errors, mishandling of patient information and serious safety concerns involving patient medication and medical direction at Smokey Point," said Steve Berman, managing partner of Hagens Berman and attorney leading the investigation. “We want to do everything in our power to protect these particularly vulnerable patients. These are individuals who are attempting to take steps to heal, only to be mistreated and neglected. They deserve the highest level of care in a safe environment.”

Patient Allegations against Smokey Point

According to the law firm, patients at Marysville's Smokey Point Behavioral Health have reported the following actions by Smokey Point staff:

  • Failure to provide therapy
  • Failure to address serious allergic reaction to new medication
  • Failure to administer labs or respond to severe symptoms including bruising and swelling
  • Failure to instate any discharge plan upon leave
  • Allowing patients to leave the hospital in a dangerous state of medication, leading to injury
  • Failure to follow safe medical direction, including abrupt changes to medications and dosage
  • Punishing patients for acting out

Last year, Smokey Point’s own incident log showed 88 assaults, 33 discoveries of contraband and 26 employee injuries, according to a recent report from The Seattle Times.

The lawsuit seeks to represent any patients who were mistreated while at the mental health facility and reclaim losses under state or federal laws.

Find out more about the investigation against Fairfax Behavioral Health.

Remain Anonymous

Your protection is our top priority. We welcome any information about your time as a patient at Smokey Point, and those who contact our firm may remain anonymous in their potential case. Attorneys will request that the court permit our clients to proceed anonymously as a Jane Doe or John Doe. Our attorneys have experience protecting individuals who wish to remain anonymous, both as whistleblowers and as survivors of discriminatory or sexual misconduct. Our Seattle-based legal team knows the laws in the state of Washington and will protect your rights via every means available.

Your Rights and Protections

If you were a patient at Smokey Point Behavioral Hospital in Marysville, we want to hear from you. Please fill out the form on this page to contact our legal team or call Seattle-based attorney Shelby Smith at 206-268-9370. Our secure messaging offers a safe space to those speaking out.

Hagens Berman works to protect the rights and safety of survivors of discrimination and injustice everywhere. We’re here to help »

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About Hagens Berman
Hagens Berman Sobol Shapiro LLP is a consumer-rights class-action law firm with nine offices across the country. The firm’s tenacious drive for plaintiffs’ rights has earned it numerous national accolades, awards and titles of “Most Feared Plaintiff’s Firm,” and MVPs and Trailblazers of class-action law. More about the law firm and its successes can be found at hbsslaw.com. Follow the firm for updates and news at @ClassActionLaw.

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