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3-year-old special needs child died on school bus — $1 million verdict

Type of action: Wrongful death of a three year old on school bus

Injuries alleged: Death by positional asphyxia

Name of case: Sabiani v. Fairfax County School Board

Court: Fairfax Circuit Court

Case no.: CL 2020-12938

Name of judge or mediator: Justice Jane Marum Roush (ret.)

Date resolved: 12/11/2020

Demand: $2,000,000

Offer: $250,000

Amount: $1,000,000

Attorney(s) for plaintiff (and city): Robert J. Surovell and Nathan Rozsa, Fairfax

Attorney(s) for defendant (and city): Julia Judkins, Fairfax

Plaintiff’s experts: Dr. Jonathan Arden, forensic pathologist

Description of Case: Second day of school for a 3-year-old special needs child on a school bus in a stroller. Neither attendant nor driver attended his crying for about 50 minutes. He expired before his stop which was the last one on the route.

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