Las Vegas Shooting Victims Sue Hotel for Losses Incurred
Last year, a shooter opened fire from the window of the MGM Resorts in Las Vegas. The shooter aimed at a crowd below that was attending the Route 91 Harvest Festival, which was a country music festival held outdoors in Vegas. In total, 58 people were killed and more than 500 were hurt, making the incident the deadliest mass shooting in the history of the United States.
Now, an estimated 450 victims hurt in the shooting have filed a lawsuit against MGM Resorts arguing that the hotel was negligent and that it security lapses contributed to the shooting. While this case is an unusual one due to the nature and scale of the tragedy, it is far from the first incident in which a hotel has been sued for a security failure.
When hotels are lax in security and injuries or fatalities occur as a result, a Miami hotel resort accident lawyer can provide help to victims in determining if they can pursue a claim to hold the facility accountable.
Negligent Security Could Make the Hotel Liable for Losses
Hotels have a basic obligation to have reasonable security measures in place, with the definition of what’s reasonable determined by the specific situation. For example, if the hotel in question is in a location where there have been repeated acts of violence, the hotel may have an obligation to implement stronger security measures than a hotel in a safe area where no previous violence has occurred.
In the case against the MGM Grand, victims argue that the hotel failed in many ways to take reasonable precautions in their security protocols. The victims claim these failures were a direct contributing factor making it possible for the shooter to cause so much damage.
There are numerous questions raised by the lawsuit regarding why the hotel wasn’t able to stop the shooter before he opened fire. For example, the shooter used a service elevator in the hotel to bring up an entire arsenal full of weapons to his hotel room and the victims question how it is possible the hotel did not notice what he was doing.
Further, he was able to put cameras outside of his room so he could identify when police were approaching, he was able to break windows to give him a clear shot, and he was able to block a door close to an emergency staircase to make it more difficult for first responders to get him to his room.
Victims argue that the hotel was negligent in hiring and training employees, and that it failed to do basic due diligence when it comes to surveillance. They also claim that after the call reporting shots fired, hotel security took too long to respond.
It remains to be seen if the victims will be successful in pursuing their claim. This is a high-profile case, but ultimately it will come down to the same questions that are important whenever anyone is hurt at a hotel or in a public space: What was the hotel’s responsibility, and did they live up to it? In any circumstances where a hotel has failed in its duty and harm has resulted, a Miami hotel resort accident lawyer can help victims to take action and make the hotel pay for its failures.