More than 50 bridge victims file for compensation

Little movement on bridge
Destroyed cars sit on the collapse I-35W bridge. A fund set up for victims of the collapse says more than 50 people have filed for compensation.
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More than 50 victims of the Minneapolis bridge collapse have filed for compensation from the state, with more to come.

Attorney Susan Holden says claims have been arriving by the boxload. Holden heads a three-person panel administering the $36.6 million compensation fund.

Wednesday is the deadline for submitting claims.

Holden says she expects 140 to 150 claims. Hearings on some of the early claims have already started.

Each victim can get up to $400,000 for injuries, including pain and suffering. The panel also has $12.6 million to divide between those with bigger losses.

The panel has until the end of February to make offers to victims.

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