Dismissal of Medical Malpractice Lawsuit Against Psychiatrist
November 4, 2014 — Tim Allen and Dan Mullin served as trial co-counsel for Robert Polakoff, M.D., a psychiatrist who had treated Daniel Habeeb after Habeeb had killed a motorist when suffering a psychotic break while driving. Two years later, Habeeb killed two additional motorists during another psychotic break. The estates of the two motorists sued both Habeeb and Dr. Polakoff, and the claims of one of the estates proceeded to trial. After a hotly contested three-week trial, the jury returned a defense verdict for Dr. Polakoff, rejecting plaintiff’s claims for damages in excess of $3 million and finding Habeeb solely at fault. Following this trial, Habeeb settled with the victorious estate and they jointly sued Dr. Polakoff for medical malpractice. Tim and Dan obtained summary judgment dismissal of this second lawsuit in November 2016. King County Sup. Ct. Case No. 12-11109-0 SEA.