$1.3M settlement in Wash. jail death claim

EVERETT, Wash. (AP) -- The family of a woman who died of a lung infection at the Snohomish County Jail has settled a damage claim for $1.3 million.

The Daily Herald reports (http://is.gd/vUY7XF ) Lyndsey Lason was 27 when she died in her cell in 2011, 13 days after she was arrested on misdemeanor warrants alleging theft and prosecution.

After complaining about breathing problems, jail records show she was given stool softeners and muscle relaxants. The Snohomish County medical examiner told detectives that an X-ray would have found lung abscesses. Forensic pathologist Carl Wigren wrote that the complacency of the jail medical staff and the corrections officers resulted in Lason's death.

Everett lawyer Royce Ferguson says Lason's family pressed for jail improvements as well as compensation for her son, now 11.

A written agreement signed this week outlines many changes already made at the jail, including hiring a doctor, reducing the daily population and increasing nurses' salaries.

The newspaper says nine people have died at the jail of various causes since 2010.

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Information from: The Daily Herald, http://www.heraldnet.com

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