Carney Shegerian of Shegerian & Associates, Inc., a Santa Monica-based litigation law firm, teamed with Nancy Doumanian of La Crescenta-based law firm Doumanian & Associates and Nicholas Rowley and Courtney Rowley of Beverly Hills-based personal injury law firm Carpenter, Zuckerman & Rowley to successfully convince a California state jury to hold First Student, Inc. liable for negligence and the wrongful death of a 13-year-old boy.
A trial for damages will follow, with the same team of attorneys representing the boy’s family.
The jury voted last week, determining defendant liability in the civil lawsuit for the wrongful death of Jonathan Hernandez, who was fatally struck by a school bus owned by First Student, Inc. The bus was operated by a First Student employee who was driving while impaired by prescription drugs.
“It has been an honor to have had the opportunity to represent Jonathan’s family in their painful legal journey thus far,” said Carney Shegerian. “This was a senseless tragedy that could have been avoided had the impaired driver been properly screened and supervised. She was not fit to drive and a precious 13-year-old boy’s family has suffered a devastating loss as a result.
“Due to the negligence of First Student, Inc., Jonathan’s family can never get their beloved child back,” Shegerian added, “but hopefully the jury’s decision in this case will serve as an important message to transportation companies on a national level that all drivers must be regularly screened and trained appropriately.”
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