Las Vegas Shooting Lawsuit Calls for Change

Las Vegas Shooting
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On Sunday, October 1, 2017, the Mandalay Bay Resort and the Route 91 Harvest music festival played host to the deadliest mass shooting in modern U.S. history at the hands of Stephen Paddock. Now, many are saying that appropriate safety measures and security could have saved lives and prevented the monumental Las Vegas shooting.

Paddock stockpiled 23 weapons into his 32nd floor suite, including handguns and high-powered rifles capable of piercing police armor. Then, he had several cameras placed around the hotel room, including one in the peephole and two in the hallway to keep a lookout for police. Paddock also barricaded the doors to his room and stairwell. However, no one took notice of Paddock other than his “Do Not Disturb” sign until he broke two windows and fired hundreds of rounds into the 22,000 concert attendees at Las Vegas Village. MGM Resorts owns both properties.

Paddock took the lives of 58 people and injured more than 520 that day. And, now many who were injured and lost loved ones are calling for Mandalay Bay, the concert promoter Live Nation and others accountable for the egregious lack of security that allowed for this atrocity to unfold.

For the victims and their families, the Las Vegas shooting lawsuit isn’t simply about compensation. It’s about finding out why this happened and preventing it in the future. Furthermore, it’s about ensuring that hotels and events are held to an acceptable security standard.

If you, or a loved one, were directly impacted by the Las Vegas shooting, your time to hold these companies accountable is limited. For a free and confidential case evaluation, please fill out the form at the bottom of the page or contact us directly at (800) 305-6000, to start rebuilding after this tragedy today.

Las Vegas Shooting Lawsuit Allegations

The Las Vegas civil lawsuit alleges that Mandalay Bay and Live Nation ignored multiple warning signs and security defects, including:

  • Paddock brought several suitcases, filled with firearms into his room. Investigators found 23 guns, including assault rifles. Furthermore, these had devices to turn the semi-automatic guns into rapid-fire weapons.
  • Paddock also construction an elaborate surveillance system in his hotel room and in the hallway.
  • For the three days leading to the shooting, Paddock kept a “Do Not Disturb” sign on his door. However, hotel staff took no notice.
  • The hotel windows did not have alarms. Paddock was also able to break them with only a hammer.
  • Mass shootings have escalated over the years, targeting concert and other entertainment venues. Therefor, MGM Resorts and Live Nation should have taken precautions for the venue itself and the surrounding high-rise buildings.
  • The Route 91 Harvest music festival did not broadcast evacuation instructions over loudspeakers, video monitors, or media boards. Consequently, this led to additional injuries.

Hotels and concert promoters need to start taking appropriate measures to ensure their customers’ safety. Hopefully, the Las Vegas shooting lawsuit will be the first step in achieving a safer tomorrow.


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