State Fair Accident Settlement: Victim set to receive $1.7 million

Jennifer Lambert

COLUMBUS, Ohio -- A seven-figure settlement has been proposed for one of the victims of the deadly accident at the Ohio State Fair.

The crash of the Fire Ball ride in July of 2017 killed a young man and injured seven others.

10TV has new information on the efforts to compensate the victims.

It was July 26 when a night of family fun at the Ohio State Fair turned to tragedy.

Passers by look at the fire ball ride as Ohio State Highway Patrol troopers stand guard at the Ohio State Fair Thursday, July 27, 2017, in Columbus, Ohio. (AP Photo/Jay LaPrete)

One of the six gondolas on the Fire Ball ride broke loose, killing 18-year-old Tyler Jarrell, injuring seven others. Four of those seven victims suffered critical injuries: Twenty-two-year-old Keziah Lewis, 18-year-old Jennifer Lambert, 36-year-old Tamika Dunlap, and 42-year-old Russell Franks.

In court records obtained by 10TV, they are referred to as the "catastrophic victims."

The documents lay out the plan to compensate one of them, Jennifer Lambert. It says "Jennifer has not been home since the date of the accident. She was first treated (at the hospital) for a traumatic brain injury."

Lambert is currently at "an intermediate care facility," where she "seems to be progressing," but "it is unknown whether she will ever be self-supporting."

So far, the filing says, her medical expenses total more than $455,000.

The attorneys for the five catastrophic victims say they have been in coordinated settlement talks with three parties related to the Fire Ball ride:

Its operator, Amusements of America, and "two companies that had previously inspected the Fire Ball."

Subject to court approval, this filing says the victims' claims against the ride operator and ride inspectors were settled.

We now know the proposed amount one of those victims- Jennifer Lambert- will receive:

"Jennifer's claims were settled for a total of $1,769,703.40," the filing says.

Minus attorneys' fees of $589,901.14 and other expenses, Lambert will net $1,103,953.31. Half of that will go into a trust, the other half to purchase an annuity that will pay her "$1267 per month for the rest of her life."

This settlement would not be the end of potential litigation.

The filing says the five catastrophic victims "are still considering claims against the designer, manufacturer and supplier of the Fire Ball."

This proposed settlement still requires court approval.

Settlement proposals have not been filed for the other catastrophic victims.