INDIANAPOLIS — As the investigation into the deadly stage collapse at the Indiana State Fairgrounds continues, the eventual lawsuits in the case could cost the state millions.

When it comes to injuries or death on state property, the law stipulates that the amount paid out to each person cannot exceed $700,000, with an overall cap of $5 million, 6News’ Rafael Sanchez reported.

Victims and their families have nine months to file a tort claim to seek money for medical expenses or loss of life.

The Indiana Attorney General’s Office has 90 days to respond. If the claim is rejected, the person can file a lawsuit in the case.

Lawyer Jeffrey Hammond, who specializes in wrongful death and construction site injury cases, said the biggest mistake people make with tort claims is missing the filing deadline.

“They wait six months to a year or more and the condition doesn’t improve. Then they start the claim process and, by that time, it’s too late,” he said.

Those seeking to file a lawsuit against a private entity, such as the concert promoter or the company that set up the stage equipment, have two years to file a lawsuit.

Claims against a city or county would have to be filed within 180 days.

Five people were killed and 45 others were injured in Saturday night’s collapse before the Sugarland concert. Officials have said they believe wind gusts of up to 70 mph took down the rigging.

A fund to help the victims and their families has been established by the Central Indiana Community Foundation. Donations can be made online or checks with Indiana State Fair Remembrance Fund in the memo line can be sent to CICF, Attn: Indiana State Fair Remembrance Fund at 615 N. Alabama St. Indianapolis, IN 46204.