The Wednesday vote marks the end of a decade-long saga that started when
Weaver grew up in
The case took a turn in
Weaver filed another claim against the city that year. Labor and Industries again rejected it, saying he couldn't apply for relief for the same disease that was already denied. He appealed it to the
In 2018, he went to the state
From there, it went to the state
"That then results in a start over," said
That's when the city came to Weaver to discuss a settlement, Keane said. On Wednesday, after 1½ years of negotiations, the
The settlement notes Weaver's family can't file a separate claim against the city in the event of his death.
Keane estimated Weaver could've gotten around
Everett City Attorney
In settling, the city is not conceding that Weaver's work with the fire department caused his illness. It is only acknowledging that it would be prudent to compromise rather than litigate for years, according to the agreement.
"They had the choice to continue that position for the next 10 years and they didn't do that, and I thought that was wise and judicious and sensible," Keane said. "This was a compromise and we didn't get all we wanted, but that's why I love a couple of my favorite mediators who always say, 'If both sides are unhappy, probably a good settlement.' And I think it's fair to say both sides are not happy."