Family files tort claim against county

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Claim ceiling set at $1 million

By Carol A. Clark

An attorney for the Logan Collins family has filed a Tort Claims notice indicating claims “may or will be” asserted against Los Alamos County by the deceased minor and all potential beneficiaries of his estate.

The claim asserts the county was negligent during the course of a Nov. 18, 2009 bus traffic accident that resulted in the death of the 12-year-old boy.

Attorney Jason Bowles sent the claims notice by certified mail Friday. He is with the Albuquerque law firm of Bowles & Crow.

The claims notice states, “Los Alamos County was negligent in the supervision of the child as he rode and exited the bus and was negligent for not operating the bus in a safe manner when children ride.”

Los Alamos County Attorney Mary McInerny discussed the Tort Claim during an interview Wednesday afternoon.

“The law requires that we are given notice of a Tort Claim within 90 days from when an incident occurred,” she said. “It doesn’t mean they will file but it’s a pretty good indication.”

The Collins family Tort Claims notice states the family “will seek recovery up to the limits of the Tort Claims Act caps for all claims.”

The Tort Claims Act limits the amount of money that can be claimed against a local government to

$1 million.

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