Recent Wins

Jul 26, 2007 Martin Stein, Carolyn Oill
Dismissal affirmed — plaintiffs must show reasonable diligence in presenting a tort claim to a public entity

Ramos v. County of Los Angeles (2007), 2007 Cal.App. Unpub. LEXIS 6091 (California Court of Appeal, Second Appellate District, Division Seven) [unpublished]. A woman was hit by two cars while crossing the street in Whittier one evening and died. Almost a year later, and beyond the six-month period for presenting a government tort claim, the woman’s heirs presented late claims to four public entities, alleging that the street where the woman died was unsafe, dangerous and poorly lit. The claims were all denied and plaintiffs sought relief from the claim-presentation requirements in superior court. The Court of Appeal affirmed the trial court’s order denying such relief on the ground that plaintiffs failed to show the delay in presenting the claims was due to excusable neglect.