Sugarland State Fair Collapse Lawsuit Filed By Starr Austen & Miller
Attorney Mario Massillamany has announced that Starr Austen & Miller has filed a complaint today on behalf of 48 victims of the Sugarland State Fair stage collapse, which occurred on August 13, 2011. Entitled ‘Jill Polet et al vs Sugarland Music, Inc et al’, the case has been filed in Marion County Superior Court 14 in Indiana under cause number 49D14-1111-CT-44823.
On August 13, 2011, a large crowd of Sugarland fans gathered at the Indiana State Fair Grounds expecting a great country music concert, and instead tragedy struck. During a severe thunderstorm with very strong winds the stage at the outdoor concert collapsed, killing 7 people and injuring over 40 others. Among those victims were Starr Austen & Miller clients Lisa Hite, and her granddaughter Kyla-Reed Brumett, who were both in the Sugar Pit at the concert. “The injuries I sustained have left me unable to provide for my family,” Hite stated. “The financial and emotional strain this has caused has left a lasting impact on my family.”
“Unfortunately, this tragedy could have been prevented if the responsible parties had been concerned about the concertgoers that night,” said plaintiffs’ counsel Mario Massillamany.
The lawsuit has named Sugarland Music, Inc. and other entities responsible for the organizing, staging and presentation of the Sugarland concert as defendants. The allegations against the defendants include that they breached their duty of reasonable care to the victims of this collapse. Specifically, the complaint alleges that Sugarland and the other entities owed a duty to provide a safe concert environment and use reasonable care in the operation, direction, management, set-up, control, and supervision of the concert. A copy of the complaint can be seen at: http://www.starrausten.com/sugarland-indiana-state-fair-collapse-complaint-form/
With such a large number of victims the impact of this tragedy has rippled across the entire state of Indiana. “This is a devastating tragedy that has impacted hundreds of people,” states Scott Starr. “It is critical to help the victims pay the medical bills and other financial expenses that they have incurred from this incident.”
In addition to seeking compensation for the victims of this collapse Starr Austen is working with leading scientists to further identify the cause and nature of the problem which caused the stage collapse, and to recommend steps so such a tragedy does not occur again.