I-35W Bridge Victims to Receive Settlements

By Ivy Chang | September 28, 2010

The state of Minnesota has reached a compensation agreement with victims of the I-35W Bridge collapse and their attorneys.

A compensation panel divided $36.4 million among the victims who must give up their rights to sue the government but not private companies who worked on the bridge. No one will be fully covered for their losses, according to the panel, and the value of individual settlements varies widely.

State officials are ready to send checks to victims by the middle of March and victims have until April 16 to accept or reject the offers. Court approval is required for settlements with minors and people who died in the bridge collapse.

One attorney representing 117 victims said his clients are grateful for the help and he doesn’t see any reasonable alternative to the settlement because the state has liability limits to lawsuits.