In this Aug. 30 photo, an ambulance leaves Western State Hospital in Lakewood, Washington. (AP Photo/Martha Bellisle, File)

In this Aug. 30 photo, an ambulance leaves Western State Hospital in Lakewood, Washington. (AP Photo/Martha Bellisle, File)

Nurse who lost part of ear in patient assault sues state

The lawsuit says Western State Hospital officials knew the patient’s history of harming female staff.

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