17 year-old Andres Perez was struck while crossing the street in Highland Park on Tuesday as Los Angeles Unified School District closed all schools due to a terrorist threat that later proved to be a hoax. Many have questioned the District’s decision to close all schools due to the lack of apparent credibility with the threat. A candlelight vigil is planned in Andres’ honor and to voice concern over the dangerousness of the street where he was killed. The truck involved in the accident may be owned or operated by the City of Los Angeles.
Andres’ family may have a strong wrongful death lawsuit against the driver of the truck, the truck’s owner, and possibly the City. The Government Claims Act requires a written claim to be submitted to the City within six months of the incident before a lawsuit can be filed. Numerous other provisions of the Government Code also change how litigation is conducted against governmental entities. Clients should use great care in selecting a law firm before considering a case against the government, and only retain counsel with substantial experience litigating such cases.