More than 40 people were injured and seven people were killed as a result of the Indiana State Fair stage collapse.
The horrific accident occurred on Aug. 13, when stage rigging collapsed just before a Sugarland concert. Though the structure was designed to be in the outdoor environment, the high winds of an approaching thunderstorm were apparently too powerful for the stage’s construction to withstand.
In the wake of the tragedy, wrongful death claims and other personal injury suits continue to roll in.
Were those involved with the fair’s management– the state and contractor companies– negligent in handling the event and the installation and maintenance of the stage structure?
State Fair officials recently announced that the prominent engineering firm of Thornton Tomasetti is leading the investigation into why the stage collapsed. Thornton Tomasetti is the same firm responsible for investigations into the collapse of the World Trade Center on 9/11 and the Interstate 35W bridge collapse in Minneapolis that killed 13.
Why did the stage collapse at the Indiana State Fair? That question will be answered in time.
But the agonizing question that likely haunts the families of the seven people killed in the collapse– “Why did my loved one have to die?”– is much more difficult to answer.
How can the loved ones of someone killed so suddenly and unnecessarily begin to process what happened? How can they move on with their lives?
Filing a wrongful death action can often provide a victim’s loved ones with the closure they desperately seek. An action for wrongful death may be brought for either an intentional or unintentional act that caused an injury resulting in death.
Indiana wrongful death claims fall under tort law, a legal area governed by statute.
Though wrongful death statutes vary state by state, they usually define who may bring a wrongful death suit and what limitations there may be to an award of damages, if any.
When coping with the unexpected and unnecessary death of a loved one, the ins and outs of the legal system are no doubt the last thing on your mind. If you seek to file a wrongful death suit, retaining the best wrongful death lawyer available to you is key.
Since 1967, the Ken Nunn Law Office has been dedicated to helping grieving people receive the compensation they need to begin their lives again after the wrongful death of a loved one. We provide free legal advice to those with questions regarding wrongful death lawsuits– contact us today to learn about your rights by clicking here or calling 1-800-CALL-KEN.