ROUTE 91 SHOOTING IN LAS VEGAS
ATTORNEYS FOR MANDALAY BAY SHOOTING VICTIMS & THEIR FAMILIES
On October 1, 2017, without a warning and without an explanation, Stephen Paddock set out to hurt innocent people. As concertgoers enjoyed what was supposed to be a fun day on the Las Vegas Strip at the Route 91 Harvest Festival, Paddock was holed up in his Mandalay Bay hotel planning the unthinkable. In addition to the many shooting victims, many individuals suffered injuries when members of the crowd fled from the concert venue. Broken bones, sprained ankles, bruises, and muscle sprains occurred as the crowd tried to scramble to safety. Things changed in an instant for those involved, their families, and the first responders who arrived on the scene to help.
It’s incorrect to assume that Route 91 Harvest Festival promoters and MGM Resorts don’t have any responsibility for the events of that fateful day. Even though the actions of the gunman were both criminal and horrific, in today’s day and age, they were sadly not surprising. With terrorism now commonplace in the United States, the companies involved may bear responsibility for their failure to plan for the possibility.
Nevada law allows victims and their families to seek recovery from businesses who fail take reasonable steps to prevent and respond to terrorism and other criminal behavior that might happen on their property and at their events. Our Las Vegas attorneys are currently investigating and accepting cases involving the Mandalay Bay shooting. If you or someone you love was injured or lost, please call our offices for a free, confidential consultation. We can talk to you about your rights.
Contact us at (702) 633-3333 to learn more about your options and how we can help.
PROVING THEY DIDN’T DO ENOUGH
To receive compensation, you need to show that the Route 91 Harvest Festival concert promoters or MGM Resorts should have done more to prevent or mitigate the tragedy. It’s a matter of showing that the tragic events were foreseeable to some extent. The term for liability in a situation like this is negligent security. Negligent security applies when a company fails to take sufficient steps to prevent a foreseeable criminal act of a third party.
To succeed in a claim based on negligent security, you must show that the company had a duty to provide a safe environment for their patrons or to the public at large. You must show that they failed to live up to that duty. You must show that their failures led to your or your loved one’s injury or death. Finally, you must show your damages and losses.
WAS IT FORESEEABLE?
The biggest question to answer is whether Route 91 Harvest Festival organizers or MGM Resorts could have foreseen a scenario like this tragedy. With terrorism becoming more and more common in the United States and throughout the world, the tragic events of October 1, 2017 didn’t surprise most Americans. It’s up to the jury to decide whether the businesses are legally responsible for not doing enough to prevent or respond to the tragedy.
WHAT THEY COULD HAVE DONE DIFFERENTLY
There are a number of things that MGM Resorts might have done differently:
- Investigated the number of suitcases the perpetrator brought to his room.
- Checked on the perpetrator when the “Do Not Disturb” sign stayed on his door for several days.
- Removed the perpetrator from the facility for placing his own surveillance system in the hotel.
- Hired more security personnel to respond to critical incidents.
- Performed checks on the contents of guest suitcases or used metal detectors.
You may also investigate the changing timelines offered by public officials. It’s still not clear whether law enforcement officials have fully and accurately disclosed how MGM Resorts responded to the tragedy as it unfolded. It’s up a jury to decide if that response was appropriate. Our Las Vegas lawyers are here to support and guide you through legal proceedings while you focus on healing and spending time with loved ones.
There are also things that Route 91 Harvest Festival Organizers might have done differently:
- Planned more exits in the event venue.
- Employed more security to direct patrons to safety.
- Enclosed the concert venue with tall barriers.
- Posted information or made announcements about what patrons should do if a terrorist event should occur.
- Made announcements about what to do as the attack occurred.
- Employed individuals trained in first aid.
- Made more adjustments in light of previous terrorist attacks.
AVOIDING POTENTIAL PITFALLS IN BRINGING YOUR CLAIM
While there are some challenges in bringing an action to hold the companies involved accountable, Nevada law can hold casinos and other business accountable for negligent security. Nevada law requires proprietors to anticipate potential acts on their property and respond accordingly.
It’s important to take the time to carefully gather evidence of how the Route 91 Harvest Festival prepared for their event and what steps they took to plan for a terrorist attack. You can also gather evidence to document the business operations of MGM Resorts including on October 1, 2017. Carefully identifying where these entities should have done better can help the jury understand that the businesses share legal responsibility for the devastating losses of the victims and their families.
WHAT TYPES OF COMPENSATION ARE AVAILABLE?
There are a number of types of compensation that may be available to victims of the Route 91 shooting and their families. In the case of a death, you can ask for wrongful death compensation. If you were injured, you can ask them to cover medical bills and other medical expenses. Medical expenses may also include mental health treatment for post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).
Emotional devastation is a very real loss after a tragedy like this. You undoubtedly have pain and suffering. You can ask for compensation for these things as well as for lost wages, loss of your loved one’s company, and assistance and even compensation for help for things you can’t do around the house.
HOW BERNSTEIN & POISSON CAN HELP
Like all Americans, we are profoundly saddened and impacted by the horrible events of October 1, 2017. The victims and their families will forever stay in our hearts and prayers. We want to do our part to help the victims get the compensation that they deserve. When you’re suffering from the devastating physical and emotional consequences of this horrific day, we want to be there for you.
We know that there’s nothing we can do to undo the events of that terrible day. But what we can do is help the victims get the compensation that they deserve. We can hold companies responsible for their inaction and their failures. Not only does this help the victims, but it also ensures that businesses throughout Las Vegas, Nevada, and the entire United States prioritize safety for the public.
CALL FOR A FREE CONSULTATION
If you were injured or lost a loved one in the Route 91 shooting, we’re here to help. We invite you to contact us to talk about your case. It’s our goal to make sure that no victim or their family is left without somewhere to turn.
We know that this has profoundly affected the lives of innocent people and their loved ones. Let us answer all of your questions and help you understand what the legal system may be able to do to help you. With your best interests in mind, we can work together towards the recovery that you deserve.
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