At least 14 people are planning to sue the state over the Aug. 13 stage collapse at the Indiana State Fair.
Spokesman Bryan Corbin said tort claims received by the Attorney General's office Friday bring the total number of pending lawsuits to 14. A tort claim is a notice of an intention to sue.
Indiana State Fair Stage Collapse
Two of the claims filed are on the behalf of the families of Alina BigJohny, 23, and Tammy VanDam, 42, who both died in the tragedy last month.
Indiana Attorney General Greg Zoeller said earlier this week that his office would set up special procedures
to deal with the expected surge of tort claims.
He said he deputized two private lawyers who were already on staff to the rank of deputy attorney general to assist in handling the complaints.
The state has 90 days to respond to a tort claim. If rejected, then a victim can file a lawsuit.
Nathan Byrd, 51; Glenn Goodrich, 49; Jenny Haskell, 22; Christina Santiago, 29; and Meagan Toothman, 24; were also killed in the collapse of the stage and rigging before a concert by the country duo Sugarland.
A fund to help the victims and their families has been established by the Central Indiana Community Foundation. Donations can be made online or checks with Indiana State Fair Remembrance Fund in the memo line can be sent to CICF, Attn: Indiana State Fair Remembrance Fund at 615 N. Alabama St. Indianapolis, IN 46204.
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