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Tuesday, January 08, 2013

Stage Collapse - Isn't this the same $6 million we heard about last summer?

There were a number of stories the end of 2012 about $6 million more in aid for the state fair victims. For example, this one Dec. 20, 2012 by Charles Wilson of the AP that began:

INDIANAPOLIS — The Indiana attorney general’s office sent out $6 million in checks Thursday to 59 victims of 2011’s deadly Indiana State Fair stage collapse.

The payments bring to $11 million the amount the state has paid to stage collapse victims. It had already paid $5 million, the limit for tort claims under Indiana law. The supplemental payments were approved by the General Assembly this year.

Attorney General Greg Zoeller announced the payments at a Statehouse news conference, saying the second round of checks would take care of medical expenses for victims whose injuries weren’t permanent.

In answer to the question posed in the heading of today's post, yes, this is the same $6 million that last summer was offered to the victims as part of a deal described in the Aug. 16th AP story quoted in this ILB entry:
Attorney General Greg Zoeller had proposed the joint settlement, which asked victims to agree to settle their claims for shares of $6 million from the state and $7.2 million from Mid-America and the stage’s manufacturer, James Thomas Engineering. In exchange, the victims would agree not to seek additional compensation.

Posted by Marcia Oddi on January 8, 2013 10:32 AM
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