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Indiana settles with State Fair victims

Tuesday, December 20, 2011 – All but one claimant in the Indiana State Fair stage collapse disaster reached a settlement with the state.

The Indiana Attorney General's office said Monday that 64 of the 65 claimants accepted settlements totaling $5 million, the maximum allowed by state law. Seven people were killed in August when wind gusts toppled the staging just before Sugarland took the stage.

"Deciding on compensation for the victims of the State Fair tragedy is one of the most difficult duties the Indiana Attorney General's Office has ever undertaken. From the start, we knew that no matter how we divided the $5 million available, it could never replace the seven lives lost nor erase the pain of the injured and grieving. We did all that was possible to treat victims equitably and to assist them with their medical and financial needs within the amount the law allows," Indiana Attorney General Greg Zoeller said in a statement.

The lone offer to be rejected was less than $1,800 to a minor child.

The 64 includes the estates of the seven dead people. Each will receive at least $300,000.

Several people injured received more than those who died. A 10-year-old boy from Kentucky received $366,000 after suffering a fractured skulls. His mother received more than $101,000 for medical expenses.

The agreement does not end legal actions taken against others who were sued.

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