PSB Obtains $2 Million Settlement For Special Needs Student Injured in Fall From High School Bleachers
PSB attorneys Robert Glassman and Rahul Ravipudi obtained a $2 million settlement for a high school junior with Cerebral Palsy who was severely injured when he fell off the side of the telescopic bleachers in his school’s gymnasium. On May 20, 2016, Ethan Kalnins was attending an assembly at La Canada High School when he fell off the side of the school’s telescopic bleachers, which had no guardrails. The 17-year-old special education student was rushed by ambulance to Huntington Hospital where he 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. He 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 of 2016 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.