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SBE wins $3.8 million verdict in Orange County


SBE attorneys successfully represented a young man whose hand was mangled in metal shop class in the Newport-Mesa Unified School District. On July 2, 2014, a jury awarded his client $3.8 million, and the media throughout Orange County and California picked up the story.

Bryan Zavala was 16-years-old when three of the fingers on his right hand became suddenly trapped while using a disc sander in class on Halloween day in 2011. The young man was using the high speed industrial machine to taper a steel rod as part of his metal hammer fabrication project when his hand got pulled into a gap between the machine and the edge of the work table.