35W bridge victims' benefit package wins 1st round

  • Article by: PAM LOUWAGIE , Star Tribune
  • Updated: February 14, 2008 - 10:32 PM

A House committee approved a bill proposing a fund for bridge collapse survivors and the families of victims.

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BONNIEB62Feb. 15, 08 9:47 AM

Pain & suffering is hard tomeasure. Everything else should automatically be taken care fo by the STate.

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candyoFeb. 19, 08 2:20 PM

While I am very sorry for the loss to all of these people, this proposal is a slippery slope. The state has liability, although it is capped at $300,000 by statute. If there are other companies found to be at fault, their insurance will provide coverage. The workers on the Bridge have worker's compensation which, also pays money to the family of a deceased worker until 10 years after the youngest child graduates from high school. There are also social security survivor benefits, auto insurance that covers both medical and lost wages to a certain point, etc. People die in all kinds of bizarre ways and receive no compensation. Let the courts and insurance companies provide what is allowed.

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annemiller80Feb. 21, 0811:51 AM

This is completely ridiculous. I don't think there's a person out there that isn't sad for the loss of the victims and consider it a tragedy. But no less tragic are any losses of life due to an accident. However - how does gaining financially have anything to do with pain and suffering? Replacing income, etc, is what life insurance is for. Establish a voluntary donation fund for the victims and let the compassion of the people speak, but don't force every taxpayer to "donate" to this fund.

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