State Fair Stage Collapse Personal Injury Lawsuits Scheduled for 2014
Following the collapse of the main stage at the Indiana State Fair, multiple personal injury lawsuits have been filed against the state. Investigations may have shown that the rigging used to hold the equipment was insufficient to support the weight of the speakers, lights, and other equipment that fell during the 59mph gusts of winds that swept through the fairgrounds. Seven people were killed and sixty others injured during the incident back on August 13. Onlookers were waiting to hear popular music band Sugarland perform, when the storm hit, causing the collapse of the stage rigging. At this time, it is unclear who had the responsibility to cancel the performance due to the impending inclement weather.
A schedule recently released by Marion Superior Court Judge Theodore Sosin reveals the judge will hear the personal injury case sometime in mid-2014. Two defendants have already settled out of court related to the incident. The case has drawn considerable publicity, especially after Kenneth J. Allen, an attorney representing several clients in the case, released a video to the public showing statements made by Jennifer Nettles, Sugarland’s lead singer, during her videotaped deposition. Attorneys were warned against discussing any details of the case with the public following the incident.