Current Indiana law caps the amount of settlements that can be paid out of the Fund to a total $5 million per incident.
- Bio | E-mail | Recent columns
- Stage collapse settlement falls through, state to begin making payouts
- Indiana State Fair to honor victims of stage collapse Monday
- Stage collapse victims say timing for moment of silence is wrong
- Always Remembered: Victims of State Fair
- Memorial honors victims of State Fair tragedy
- Photos: Deadly stage collapse at Indiana fair
- Sugarland Tribute: Country duo asks for moment of silence
- Day of Dedication: Girls sell drawings to raise money for Fair victims
- Day of Dedication: Sherman collects donations at Dunkin' Donuts
See more videos »
- Justice System
"Those claims are not as significant from a monetary standpoint as those who were physically devastated, but those are claims that Indiana law recognizes."
Levin said they are entitled to state funds, because there was a physical impact to their claim as required by state law.
"It doesn't apply to everyone who was a the concert," he explained. "It would include people who were hit, for example, by debris or by dirt; who were very close to the stage. And from that, if they can show that they had a psychological impact, that they had counseling, that it really impacted their lives, they too would have claims."
Levin applauded the announcement Wednesday, adding that prioritizing victims was the right thing to do. He said he looks forward to working with the state to claim settlements for his clients as well, although he's not sure when exactly that will happen.
"I'm encouraged that something fair and equitable will be worked out," said Levin. "That's all we've ever asked for since we started this case."