INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) - Nearly four months after seven people died and dozens of others were injured at the Indiana State Fair, the state announced Tuesday how much compensation people will receive in a settlement.
The deaths and injuries resulted from stage rigging collapsing onto concertgoers awaiting Sugarland's performance on Aug. 13.
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Indiana Attorney General Greg Zoeller and victim compensation expert Kenneth Feinberg said Tuesday that at least $300,000 would be offered to each of the estates of the seven people who died at the fair. Total payouts ranged from $109.20 to $503,042. Victim Brad Humphrey received the largest offer.
"We had to make some extremely difficult decisions," Zoeller said.
The state had a $5 million total cap to compensate anyone injured or killed. The money remaining after the payouts to the estates of the deceased was enough money to compensate 58 other people who were injured.
Feinberg and Zoeller estimate people will be able to pay 65 percent of medical bills with the payments being offered.
"The offers to the folks I'm working with don't come close to the paying their medical bills. I think most people are in that same boat," said attorney Tony Patterson, who is representing a number of victims.
In order to accept the money, victims and their families must sign a form releasing the state from any liability. If they reject the monetary offer, the cash will go back into the tort claim fund and be redistributed to other victims. The deadline for victims and their families to respond is Dec. 12. Money should be disbursed later in December.
Indiana isn't named in a large lawsuit being brought against several parties connected to the state fair stage rigging collapse.
No money will go to people with non-physical injuries.
State Lawmaker Ed Delaney said the state has done "a pretty good job of dividing up an inadequate pile (of money)."
During the upcoming legislative session, he said, he plans to file a bill that provides more money for the victims by raising the cap on the state's liability fund.
"The Legislature is not stuck with the present law. The figure we came up with in 1974 is $5 million. My proposal is to bring it to today's cost of living, which is $22 million," Delaney said.
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