The city of Beaumont is arguing that it has immunity from a lawsuit filed by Larry Veal, who sued the city after crashing his car into a work zone two years ago.

As previously reported, Veal filed suit against the city May 18 in Jefferson County District Court, alleging the excavation site was poorly lit and not barricaded.

On June 17 the city filed an answer to the suit, arguing that it has "full governmental immunity" from the litigation.

The city is also asserting a general denial to Veal's allegations.

According to the lawsuit, on May 18, 2009, Veal was traveling down Concord Street when he crashed into the site. Veal alleges it was dark and the site was not lit or barricaded.

The plaintiff is suing for his alleged past and future medical expenses, mental anguish, pain, impairment, disfigurement and lost wages, plus all court costs.

Beaumont attorney Brett Thomas of Thomas, Roebuck, Roebuck & Adams
represents him.

Assistant City Attorney Courtney Davis represents the city.

Judge Gary Sanderson, 6oth District Court, is assigned to the case.

Case No. B190-049

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