LCUSD Injury Lawsuit Settled Before Trial

The lawsuit by the family of a La Cañada High School student injured as a result of a fall from the La Cañada High School bleachers during a 2016 assembly was settled April 11, according to documents filed with the Superior Court of California.
The trial, which was continued three times, had been scheduled to begin April 17. Instead, La Cañada School District and attorneys representing student Ethan Kalnins reached a settlement.
“The district is pleased that a settlement was reached,” LCUSD Superintendent Wendy Sinnette wrote in an email. “I appreciate the efforts by all parties to negotiate the terms of an agreement. We are committed to the safety, health and well-being of all of our students and are happy to be able to move forward.”
Kalnins’ family sued La Cañada Unified School District over the fall, claiming the bleachers were missing guardrails that could have prevented Kalnins, a student with cerebral palsy, from falling. They said the incident resulted in a fractured hip that required surgery, as well anxiety and post-traumatic stress.

— Mirjam Swanson

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