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Tuesday, October 14, 2008

Bridge fund deadline looms

Tomorrow, Oct. 15, is the deadline for survivors of the I-35W bridge collapse to file claims with the State of Minnesota.

The state has established a $37 million fund to compensate survivors of the August 1, 2007 bridge collapse. The law established a special master panel to consider claims, make settlement offers and enter settlement agreements with survivors. The Special Master Panel of Chair Susan Holden, Steven Kirsch and Michael Tewksbury was appointed by Minnesota Supreme Court Chief Justice Russell Anderson on May 29.

The law authorizing this compensation process defines an eligible survivor as “a natural person who was present on the I-35W bridge at the time of the collapse.” A survivor also includes family members who survive a person who perished in the collapse or the legally recognized representative of a survivor, such as the parent or legal guardian of a survivor who is under 18 years of age, or a court appointed trustee authorized to bring a claim under Minnesota’s Wrongful Death Act, Minn. Stat. sec. 573.02.

The claim application forms required to submit a claim in this special compensation process are available, together with instructions, online at the website administered by the panel of Special Masters: www.BridgeCollapseClaims.com. If you are not able to access the claim forms on this website, you may contact us or call the Office of the Special Master Panel at (651) 485-1153.

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