Friday, March 8, 2013
Two more injured fans hire law firm
By David Newton ESPN.com
CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- Two more fans injured in the Feb. 23 Nationwide Series crash at Daytona have retained an Orlando, Fla.-based attorney to seek personal injury claims.
Attorney Matt Morgan now represents six of the people who 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. At least 28 fans were injured in the wreck.
NASCAR and International Speedway Corporation have retained a Miami-based law firm to handle the claims.
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.
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 told ESPN.com Tuesday. "But if we are unable to reach a settlement agreement that fairly compensates the client for injuries, we are prepared to file suit.''
Meanwhile, one of the two who had remained at Daytona Beach's Halifax Health in stable condition has been released. According to a hospital spokesman and Twitter, the 14-year-old brother of Becket McGinn was released and had headed home.
Both were taken to Halifax Health in critical condition, one with life-threatening injuries, after being hit by the tire from Larson's car.
Neither is represented by Morgan.