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First Lawsuits Filed Over Stage Collapse at Indiana State Fair


The first two of what will surely be many lawsuits over the tragedy that occurred at the Indiana State Fair have been filed. Six people died and another is still on life support due to injuries suffered when the stage scaffolding came crashing down as high winds swept across the area. Read the CMT.com story here.

The first suits were filed on Friday by an attorney who is representing Janeen Beth Urschel, a survivor of the collapse, and the estate of her partner Tammy VanDam, who died in the tragedy.

The defendants named in the suits include the owners of the stage rigging, Mid-America Sound Corp. of Greenville, Ind; concert promoter, Live 360 Group, and ticketmaster owners, Live Nation Entertainment.

The plaintiffs are seeking damages of $50 million for VanDam’s estate and $10 million plus punitive damages for Urschel.

According to the Indianapolis Star the preliminary steps for filing a potential lawsuit on behalf of security guard Glenn Goodrich, who was crush to death by the falling scaffolding, have been taken.

This is a tragedy that will not soon be forgotten and through the use of the legal system hopefully a message can be sent that will ensure that another tragedy of this nature will not happen again.

Our thoughts and prayers go out to the victims of this terrible tragedy.


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  1. Kenny says:
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    How many spouses would happily have their significant other crushed if they could get $60 million dollars? The dollar amounts are ridiculous.

  2. Christy says:
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    Are you honestly saying that you would happily take $60 million over the life of your wife or significant other? What value is your owe life worth?

  3. Mike Bryant says:
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    It’s silly and sad when people look at real damages for someones life and say things like they wish they had it. I wouldn’t trade a single one of my cases for the money nor would I ever wish the damage and loss on anyone I know. The more money the greater the loss. Often it’s a sad replacement, but it’s a much better solution then a eye-for-an-eye or live with it immunity.