$1.3 million verdict to special ed student molested by another student. Los Angeles County.

Summary

Nine-year-old special ed student is sexually assaulted at after-school program run by LAUSD.  School district admits negligent supervision, offers $225,000 per CCP 998.

The Case

  • Case Name: S.G. v. Los Angeles Unified School District
  • Court and Case Number: Los Angeles Superior Court/ PC050252
  • Date of Verdict or Judgment: Monday, May 20, 2013
  • Type of Action: Sexual Abuse
  • Judge or Arbitrator(s): Hon. Norman P. Tarle
  • Plaintiffs:
    S.G., a 9-year-old special education student
  • Defendants:
    Los Angeles Unified School District
  • Type of Result: Jury Verdict

The Result

  • Gross Verdict or Award: $1,381,250
  • Award as to each Defendant:

    $731,250 against LAUSD, found 50% liable.

  • Contributory/Comparative Negligence: 50% comparative liability against LAUSD.
  • Economic Damages:

    Future Therapy: $81,250

  • Non-Economic Damages:

    $1,300,000

  • Trial or Arbitration Time: 10 days
  • Jury Deliberation Time: 2 days
  • Jury Polls: 12-0

The Attorneys

  • Attorney for the Plaintiff:
    Taylor & Ring by David M. Ring and Louanne Masry, Los Angeles.
  • Attorney for the Defendant:
    Ivie, McNeill & Wyatt by W. Keith Wyatt, Los Angeles.

The Experts

  • Plaintiff’s Medical Experts:
    Brian Jacks, Ph.D., psychology, Beverly Hills.
  • Defendant's Medical Experts:
    Stan Katz, Ph.D., psychology, Beverly Hills.

Facts and Background

  • Facts and Background:

    Plaintiff was a 9-year-old, female special education student.  She was sexually assaulted by a 10-year-old male student on campus of their elementary school during the after-school program run by the LAUSD during the 2009-2010 school year.

    LAUSD admitted fault for its negligent supervision before trial. The trial was solely to determine damages.

  • Plaintiff's Contentions:

    That she suffered serious emotional distress from the sexual assaults.

  • Defendant's Contentions:

    That plaintiff had done well with therapy and showed few signs that the incidents were still affecting her at the time of trial (3 years post-incident).

Injuries and Other Damages

  • Emotional distress.

Special Damages

  • Special Damages Claimed - Past Medical: $6,000 for past therapy (waived)
  • Special Damages Claimed - Future Medical: $81,250 for future therapy

Demands and Offers

  • Plaintiff §998 Demand: $1,750,000.
  • Plaintiff Demand during Trial: $525,000.
  • Defendant §998 Offer: $225,000.
  • Defendant Offer during Trial: $250,000.

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