Kalnins v. La Canada Unified School District

CASE:

Kalnins v. La Canada Unified School District

 

THE SETTLEMENT:

$2,000,000

 

PRACTICE AREAS:

Dangerous Condition of Public Property, Government Liability

 

ATTORNEYS:

Robert Glassman and Rahul Ravipudi

 

CASE SYNOPSIS:

Rahul Ravipudi and Robert Glassman of Panish Shea & Boyle LLP obtained a $2 million settlement for Ethan Kalnins, a La Canada High School junior with Cerebral Palsy, who was severely injured while attending a school assembly when he fell off the side of the school gymnasium’s telescopic bleachers, which had no guardrails.

 

As a result of his injuries, the 17-year-old special education student underwent surgery for a left femur fracture and spent five days in the hospital before being transferred to Children’s Hospital Los Angeles for continued occupational and physical therapy. Ethan remained in a wheelchair throughout the summer, trying to regain the strength to walk again, and returned to La Canada High School in the fall where he required the use of a one-on-one aide and attended counseling with the school’s therapist to help him cope with the anxiety of returning to school.

 

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