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Lawmaker: Lawsuit cap needs look after SC crash

Mar 24, 2011 3:03:00 PM - thestate.com
As hundreds gathered to mourn a 6-year-old boy killed in a miniature train crash in Spartanburg, a state representative suggested Thursday that lawmakers should re-examine a state law that limits how much the dozens of people injured can seek for medical bills and other expenses.

Gaffney Republican Dennis Moss' district includes Corinth Baptist Church, home to 15 parishioners injured Saturday when a train derailed on a bridge at Spartanburg's Cleveland Park.

Six-year-old Benji Easler was killed in the crash. The boy's siblings, mother and father - the church's pastor - were among the 27 others injured.

On Wednesday, church members met with a Spartanburg County insurance adjuster, who told them there is a $600,000 total limit to pay any claims they submitted to pay for bills and other expenses related to the crash - a number Moss said begs re-examination when House lawmakers return to session next week.

"I don't necessarily agree with that," said Moss, arguing that the cap may be too restrictive in cases involving this many people. "I don't know if that was the intent of the law."