IBJNews

Indiana Fair stage collapse legal claims reach 100

Back to TopCommentsE-mailPrintBookmark and Share

The deadline for victims of the deadly Indiana State Fair stage collapse to file legal claims with the state has passed, and officials say they're close to figuring out how much to pay each victim out of the allotted $5 million.

Tuesday was the deadline to submit tort claims, and the attorney general's office said it had received 100 by Wednesday. Officials said in an emailed update that they'll still accept more by mail as long as they were postmarked by Tuesday.

The 100 claims cover everything from death of loved ones and serious injuries to emotional distress.

The attorney general's office has been working with victims' compensation specialist Kenneth Feinberg and claimants' lawyers to develop a system for paying out awards on the claims, and agency spokesman Bryan Corbin said officials are close to completing it. But individuals can collect no more than $700,000, and state law limits the total pool of money to $5 million. The attorney general's office has said that families of people who died and those who were seriously injured will get priority.

The tort claim fund isn't the only option. A separate State Fair Relief Fund to help victims will accept claims until Nov. 14. It consists of donations to help victims who were hospitalized as a result of the collapse.

Attorneys also are considering lawsuits against others involved in the scheduled Aug. 13 Sugarland concert, including the band and the company that made the stage. A gust of wind toppled the stage rigging onto the crowd as the band was preparing to take the stage, killing seven people and injuring more than 40 others.

"There's not just one pocket here," said Karen Celestino-Horseman, who represents a stagehand who sustained back and head injuries in the collapse.

ADVERTISEMENT

  • Injuries
    Wow! I had no idea that 100 people were under that stage when it collapsed. Sounds to me like a few greedy pieces of _ _ _ _ are taking money from people that were actually injured. Maybe the ones that are boo hooing because they were there and saw should just thank God they were not injured and get a job to pay their bills, and not attempt to rip everyone off!!
  • sad
    what did the band have to do with the stage falling over. It was not there set

Post a comment to this story

COMMENTS POLICY
We reserve the right to remove any post that we feel is obscene, profane, vulgar, racist, sexually explicit, abusive, or hateful.
 
You are legally responsible for what you post and your anonymity is not guaranteed.
 
Posts that insult, defame, threaten, harass or abuse other readers or people mentioned in IBJ editorial content are also subject to removal. Please respect the privacy of individuals and refrain from posting personal information.
 
No solicitations, spamming or advertisements are allowed. Readers may post links to other informational websites that are relevant to the topic at hand, but please do not link to objectionable material.
 
We may remove messages that are unrelated to the topic, encourage illegal activity, use all capital letters or are unreadable.
 

Messages that are flagged by readers as objectionable will be reviewed and may or may not be removed. Please do not flag a post simply because you disagree with it.

Sponsored by
ADVERTISEMENT

facebook - twitter on Facebook & Twitter

Follow on TwitterFollow IBJ on Facebook:
Follow on TwitterFollow IBJ's Tweets on these topics:
 
Subscribe to IBJ
  1. I am not by any means judging whether this is a good or bad project. It's pretty simple, the developers are not showing a hardship or need for this economic incentive. It is a vacant field, the easiest for development, and the developer already has the money to invest $26 million for construction. If they can afford that, they can afford to pay property taxes just like the rest of the residents do. As well, an average of $15/hour is an absolute joke in terms of economic development. Get in high paying jobs and maybe there's a different story. But that's the problem with this ask, it is speculative and users are just not known.

  2. Shouldn't this be a museum

  3. I don't have a problem with higher taxes, since it is obvious that our city is not adequately funded. And Ballard doesn't want to admit it, but he has increased taxes indirectly by 1) selling assets and spending the money, 2) letting now private entities increase user fees which were previously capped, 3) by spending reserves, and 4) by heavy dependence on TIFs. At the end, these are all indirect tax increases since someone will eventually have to pay for them. It's mathematics. You put property tax caps ("tax cut"), but you don't cut expenditures (justifiably so), so you increase taxes indirectly.

  4. Marijuana is the safest natural drug grown. Addiction is never physical. Marijuana health benefits are far more reaching then synthesized drugs. Abbott, Lilly, and the thousands of others create poisons and label them as medication. There is no current manufactured drug on the market that does not pose immediate and long term threat to the human anatomy. Certainly the potency of marijuana has increased by hybrids and growing techniques. However, Alcohol has been proven to destroy more families, relationships, cause more deaths and injuries in addition to the damage done to the body. Many confrontations such as domestic violence and other crimes can be attributed to alcohol. The criminal activities and injustices that surround marijuana exists because it is illegal in much of the world. If legalized throughout the world you would see a dramatic decrease in such activities and a savings to many countries for legal prosecutions, incarceration etc in regards to marijuana. It indeed can create wealth for the government by collecting taxes, creating jobs, etc.... I personally do not partake. I do hope it is legalized throughout the world.

  5. Build the resevoir. If built this will provide jobs and a reason to visit Anderson. The city needs to do something to differentiate itself from other cities in the area. Kudos to people with vision that are backing this project.

ADVERTISEMENT