An Indianapolis law firm has filed a class action lawsuit on behalf of victims of the collapse of the main stage at the Indiana State Fair on August 13.
Seven people were killed and more than 40 people were hospitalized.
Hammond of the firm Cohen & Malad claims, “the state of Indiana and the companies involved with installing and maintaining the structure were negligent in their handling of the event and in failing to ensure that the structure itself was safe.”
The stage is owned by Mid-America Sound of Greenfield. Stagehands from IATSE Local 30 were responsible for the rigging of the lights, speakers and video equipment. State Fair Executive Director Cindy Hoye made the decision to evacuate the Hoosier Lottery Grandstands minutes before the Sugarland concert was due to start when a gust of wind estimated at more than 70 miles per hour brought down the stage.
Injury claims against the state are limited by statute to a maximum of $5 million per incident and $700,000 per person. Hammond says his firm will take no part of the settlement in order to maximize the compensation for the victims.
Hammond’s client is Angela Fisher who was at the concert and barely avoid being a victim of the collapse.
Class action lawsuit filed for victims of State Fair tragedy
The class action lawsuit also alleges that there were defects in the design and manufacture of the roof structure.