The Los Angeles personal injury lawyers of BISNAR | CHASE announced today that they have filed a personal injury lawsuit against the Los Angeles Unified School District. The lawsuit alleges that 13-year-old Anwar Stetson suffered severe personal injury after amputating two of his fingers in woodworking class. The alleged injury took place while Anwar was operating the jointer — a power tool used to straighten a board’s edge. While operating the machine Anwar amputated portions of two fingers on his left hand sustaining severe mental, physical and emotional pain and suffering, disfigurement, and physical impairment.
The lawsuit alleges that Mr. Schone — employee of the Los Angeles Unified School District — neglected his duty to properly instruct and supervise his student’s use of power tools. The complaint continues by stating that a middle school student cannot be expected to fully understand the dangers associated with using power tools such as a jointer due to their young age.
In a deposition testimony, a witness alleged that Mr. Schone was in fact not supervising his class but instead selling candy in his office to raise money for his daughter’s college fund.
“Mr. Schone, as an employee of LAUSD, negligently, carelessly and recklessly failed to exercise due care in the performance of his duties to protect and provide safety for his students,” said Brian Chase, a senior partner at BISNAR | CHASE. “As a direct result of this negligence, Anwar sustained severe and permanently disabling injuries that will forever alter his life.”
A court ordered settlement conference failed to settle Anwar’s entire claim. Anwar’s injuries will require him to wear a prosthetic device that will need to be replaced every year until he is 18. After the age of 18, he will require a new device every other year for the rest of his life. Estimates of his expenses for these prosthetic devices are approximately $200,000.
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