Columbia, SC – May 10, 2012 – Senator Harvey Peeler today announced that the Senate Finance budget sets aside $2 million to help pay medical bills for people injured in the train ride wreck at Cleveland Park.
The money is contingent upon a $2 million match from Spartanburg County.
State law holds government to a different set of rules than private business, where there is no cap on economic damages like medical costs. But the state sets a cap on those expenses when a government entity is involved. In addition to championing immediate relief for victims of the Cleveland Park train ride, Peeler has also sought a permanent legislative fix to the cap issue.
“It’s unthinkable that victims of government negligence cannot be made whole for medical expenses because of an archaic law that holds government to a different standard than private business,” Peeler said. “This is far from a permanent fix, but it’s a measure of justice for the victims of this tragedy that at least their medical bills can be covered.”
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