School districts have a legal duty to provide a safe environment for students and to protect them in various circumstances.

As parents, we assume that when we send our kids to school, they learn important skills and will be kept safe throughout the day. We do not expect an accident or wrongful act to occur at school that puts our child's life in danger or could lead to significant physical injuries or emotional distress. School districts have a legal duty to provide a safe environment for students and to protect them while on school property, when transporting them to and from school and in various other circumstances where the school has assumed responsibility for the students. Failure to meet this standard can result in a negligence claim against a school district if a child is injured or killed while in its care. Similarly, school districts also have a legal obligation to act with care with regard to non-students who may be impacted by the actions of school district employees acting within the scope of their employment.

why choose us
20.5 million Jun v. Chaffey Union High School District

On July 30, 2015, Panish Shea & Boyle LLP attorneys obtained a $20,500,000 jury verdict for the mother of a high school student who was killed while walking to a bus stop in Fontana, California.

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23.5 million Lee v. Pupil Transportation Cooperative

In May 2017, Panish Shea & Boyle attorneys Brian Panish, Rahul Ravipudi and Robert Glassman obtained a landmark $23,500,000 settlement on behalf of the family of a 19-year-old non-verbal autistic student who tragically died aboard a Whittier school bus after the driver left him behind to engage in a sexual tryst with a coworker. The Plaintiffs were also represented in the case by Sang “Nathan” Yun of the Yun Law Firm.

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California School District

Negligence Attorneys

California School

District Negligence Attorneys

In California there are almost 1000 different school districts, in which each are responsible for the care of hundreds or thousands of students every day. The largest, the Los Angeles Unified School District, boasts more than 600,000 students who are spread out among over 900 different schools and approximately 200 charter schools.

California School Districts

California is different from many states since it separates its districts into the following types:

  • Unified districts (includes high school and elementary schools);
  • Elementary districts (includes schools instructing children from kindergarten up to 8th grade); and
  • High School districts (includes one or more high schools in the same area).

Some districts include the name “Joint” or “Union,” which refers to the formation of the school district. It can be difficult to closely supervise the large number of students that attend school within any given California school district. However, this is the job of every school district, and the failure to monitor the safety of its students could lead to negligence claims.

School District Negligence

School districts and their employees, including teachers and other staff, have a legal duty of care to protect students from harm, injuries, or death that could occur while they are at school, when they are participating in school-sponsored activities or while the students are being transported by the school district. If a student’s injuries resulted because faculty or other school employees failed to protect or properly care for students or because the school district did not provide a safe environment, the school district could be held accountable. In addition, if an independent contractor hired by the school district acts negligently, the school district can also be held liable for resulting injuries or deaths. Injuries do not have to solely be physical, but could also refer to the brutal bullying verbal (or cyber) attacks made by one student, or even teacher, against another student on school property or at a school sponsored event.

Why Choose Us To Represent You

Our success rate is over 99% and we have obtained over $800 million in verdicts and settlements in the past 5 years.

record jury verdicts

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The law firm of Panish Shea & Boyle has secured numerous multi-million dollar and even multi-billion dollar verdicts for injured clients.

In fact, our partner Brian Panish, holds the record for securing the largest personal injury verdict in the nation’s history — $4.9 billion — against General Motors in 1999 in the Anderson v. GM case. We have obtained many other record verdicts involving wrongful death, catastrophic injuries and defective products.

contingency fees

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We make it affordable for you to pursue your case by not charging you any fees during the process of obtaining compensation.

We understand that our clients are under significant emotional and financial strain in the aftermath of an accident. We do not burden you with more expenses to worry about. Our law firm works on a contingency fee basis, which means that you do not pay anything until we recover compensation for you.

trial attorneys

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A number of personal injury cases do not go to trial.

However, our attorneys have remarkable trial experience and have consistently shown their ability to win significant jury verdicts. As a result of our extensive trial experience, corporations, insurance companies, and their attorneys, know that when Panish Shea & Boyle is representing the plaintiffs, then that case has to be taken seriously.

skilled with settlements

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A majority of personal injury cases do not go to trial.

Most of them are settled out of court. It takes superior negotiating skills, experience and a track record of success to obtain a winning settlement for an injured client. Defense firms know Panish Shea & Boyle’s reputation for record jury verdicts, resulting in higher settlements for our clients.

navigating a complex system

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The legal system can be intimidating and complex, especially at a time when you are trying to recover from serious injuries or dealing with the death of a family member.

Our personal injury attorneys are adept at steering through the complex legal system as well as dealing with insurance companies. We do it for you so you can focus on the recovery process.

Prompt investigations

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We are a law firm that uses trusted national experts and skilled investigators to thoroughly research the facts of your case.

We can get to the accident scene right away so valuable physical evidence and eyewitness testimony is not lost. Obtaining and preserving evidence is a critical component of personal injury and product liability cases.

stellar reputation

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The personal injury attorneys of Panish Shea & Boyle are not only renowned in Los Angeles and California, but also nationwide for our commitment to our clients’ needs and the quality of our work.

We have obtained record settlements in personal injury and product liability cases. Over the years, we have earned the respect of our peers and the trust of our clients.

Why Choose Us To Represent You

Our success rate is over 99% and we have obtained over $800 million in verdicts and settlements in the past 5 years.

record jury verdicts

01

The law firm of Panish Shea & Boyle has secured numerous multi-million dollar and even multi-billion dollar verdicts for injured clients.

In fact, our partner Brian Panish, holds the record for securing the largest personal injury verdict in the nation’s history — $4.9 billion — against General Motors in 1999 in the Anderson v. GM case. We have obtained many other record verdicts involving wrongful death, catastrophic injuries and defective products.

contingency fees

02

We make it affordable for you to pursue your case by not charging you any fees during the process of obtaining compensation.

We understand that our clients are under significant emotional and financial strain in the aftermath of an accident. We do not burden you with more expenses to worry about. Our law firm works on a contingency fee basis, which means that you do not pay anything until we recover compensation for you.

trial attorneys

03

A number of personal injury cases do not go to trial.

However, our attorneys have remarkable trial experience and have consistently shown their ability to win significant jury verdicts. As a result of our extensive trial experience, corporations, insurance companies, and their attorneys, know that when Panish Shea & Boyle is representing the plaintiffs, then that case has to be taken seriously.

skilled with settlements

04

A majority of personal injury cases do not go to trial.

Most of them are settled out of court. It takes superior negotiating skills, experience and a track record of success to obtain a winning settlement for an injured client. Defense firms know Panish Shea & Boyle’s reputation for record jury verdicts, resulting in higher settlements for our clients.

navigating a complex system

05

The legal system can be intimidating and complex, especially at a time when you are trying to recover from serious injuries or dealing with the death of a family member.

Our personal injury attorneys are adept at steering through the complex legal system as well as dealing with insurance companies. We do it for you so you can focus on the recovery process.

Prompt investigations

06

We are a law firm that uses trusted national experts and skilled investigators to thoroughly research the facts of your case.

We can get to the accident scene right away so valuable physical evidence and eyewitness testimony is not lost. Obtaining and preserving evidence is a critical component of personal injury and product liability cases.

stellar reputation

07

The personal injury attorneys of Panish Shea & Boyle are not only renowned in Los Angeles and California, but also nationwide for our commitment to our clients’ needs and the quality of our work.

We have obtained record settlements in personal injury and product liability cases. Over the years, we have earned the respect of our peers and the trust of our clients.

Why Choose Us To Represent You

Our success rate is over 99% and we have obtained over $800 million in verdicts and settlements in the past 5 years.

record jury verdicts

The law firm of Panish Shea & Boyle has secured numerous multi-million dollar and even multi-billion dollar verdicts for injured clients.

In fact, our partner Brian Panish, holds the record for securing the largest personal injury verdict in the nation’s history — $4.9 billion — against General Motors in 1999 in the Anderson v. GM case. We have obtained many other record verdicts involving wrongful death, catastrophic injuries and defective products.

contingency fees

We make it affordable for you to pursue your case by not charging you any fees during the process of obtaining compensation.

We understand that our clients are under significant emotional and financial strain in the aftermath of an accident. We do not burden you with more expenses to worry about. Our law firm works on a contingency fee basis, which means that you do not pay anything until we recover compensation for you.

trial attorneys

A number of personal injury cases do not go to trial.

However, our attorneys have remarkable trial experience and have consistently shown their ability to win significant jury verdicts. As a result of our extensive trial experience, corporations, insurance companies, and their attorneys, know that when Panish Shea & Boyle is representing the plaintiffs, then that case has to be taken seriously.

skilled with settlements

A majority of personal injury cases do not go to trial.

Most of them are settled out of court. It takes superior negotiating skills, experience and a track record of success to obtain a winning settlement for an injured client. Defense firms know Panish Shea & Boyle’s reputation for record jury verdicts, resulting in higher settlements for our clients.

navigating a complex system

The legal system can be intimidating and complex, especially at a time when you are trying to recover from serious injuries or dealing with the death of a family member.

Our personal injury attorneys are adept at steering through the complex legal system as well as dealing with insurance companies. We do it for you so you can focus on the recovery process.

Prompt investigations

We are a law firm that uses trusted national experts and skilled investigators to thoroughly research the facts of your case.

We can get to the accident scene right away so valuable physical evidence and eyewitness testimony is not lost. Obtaining and preserving evidence is a critical component of personal injury and product liability cases.

stellar reputation

The personal injury attorneys of Panish Shea & Boyle are not only renowned in Los Angeles and California, but also nationwide for our commitment to our clients’ needs and the quality of our work.

We have obtained record settlements in personal injury and product liability cases. Over the years, we have earned the respect of our peers and the trust of our clients.

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testimonials

“Their honest and professional approach was just what we needed during this difficult time.”

JOE AND DIDI POWERS

“Thank you for your hard work, I hope someday I will be able to reach the same level of skill, thoroughness, and compassion.”

SALAR HENDIZADEH

“You respected us as clients and treated us as family. I can never thank you enough.”

MARY CUTHBERTSON

“Thank you to the most warmest staff a legal firm can have. You were all very welcoming from the beginning to the end.”

ERIKA AND CINDY MORATAYA
Types of Negligence cases we handle
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PSB Law | California School District Negligence Attorneys

As with large corporations, some parents and students are afraid to stand up to school districts when schools fail to meet their duties to protect students. They sometimes fear that their children will be retaliated against by the school or that the well-funded school district will be.

The attorneys of Panish Shea & Boyle LLP have extensive experience and a track record of success in handling school district negligence cases. The safety of your child is our utmost priority and we will work closely with you and your family to ensure the school district is held accountable for its actions. Your school district negligence claim could prevent a future child from being injured in the same manner. Contact our Los Angeles or Irvine offices today for your initial free consultation.