Tuesday, March 5, 2013
NASCAR retains firm for crash claims
By David Newton ESPN.com
CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- NASCAR and International Speedway Corporation have retained a Miami-based law firm to handle claims from fans injured in a Feb. 23 Nationwide Series crash.
At least 28 fans were injured when Kyle Larson's car went airborne into the catch fence, sending debris flying into the front stretch stands on the last lap of the race.
NASCAR is conducting an investigation to see if the catch fence did its job, focusing on the area around a crossover gate where the engine of Larson's car ripped through.
Orlando, Fla., based attorney Matt Morgan told ESPN.com a fourth client recently retained him to seek compensation for burns suffered as a result of the crash.
Morgan said he is working "diligently" with NASCAR and ISC legal representation -- Cole, Scott & Kissane, Pa. -- to settle the issue without going to trial.
"Hopefully, that is the goal, to get the claims resolved without need for further litigation," Morgan said on Tuesday. "But if we are unable to reach settlement agreement that fairly compensates the client for injuries, we are prepared to file suit."
Meanwhile, the two most seriously injured fans remain at Halifax Health in stable condition, according to a hospital spokesperson. Both were taken to Halifax Health in critical condition, one life-threatening, after the crash.
Neither is represented by Morgan.