State Fair Victims to Have Claim Process Expedited

By Scott Sarvay

State Fair Victims to Have Claim Process Expedited

September 19, 2011 Updated Sep 19, 2011 at 5:57 PM EDT

INDIANA (Indiana’s NewsCenter) - Families of those who died and victims who were injured in the Indiana State Fair incident on August 13 are asked to complete a customized claim form in order to seek monetary settlements from the State.

By obtaining the form either online or over the phone victims can apply for payments from the Indiana Tort Claim Fund under an expedited process established by Attorney General Greg Zoeller.

The Tort Fund is made up of public dollars and exists so that individuals can receive settlement payments from the State without necessarily having to hire an attorney or go to court.

Claim forms can be downloaded from the Office of the Indiana Attorney General’s website or by calling the toll-free claim-intake line at: 1-800-760-4616.

Victims and their families are asked to file their claims using the customized form no later than November 1 so that requests can be reviewed in an expedited manner.

By law the State of Indiana is limited to paying no more than $700,000 per individual or $5 million per incident to settle tort claims. In providing settlement payments on an expedited basis up to the total $5 million limit for the overall incident, the State does not admit liability. Claimants who choose not to accept a settlement offer have the legal right to pursue a lawsuit against the State, but the individual and per-incident limits on liability still apply.

Valid claims can be filed after November 1, but funding will likely be exhausted and not available to settle those claims after that date.

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