Our Attorneys Explain Las Vegas Shooting Lawsuit Options Against Mandalay Bay
In the weeks since the Las Vegas shooting on October 1, 2017, the nation has been struggling to understand how and why such a tragedy could have occurred. On that night, a gunman fired from a hotel window at the Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino, targeting the crowd of thousands of people gathered for the Route 91 Harvest music festival nearby. The shooting caused the deaths of 59 people and wounded hundreds more. To date, this is the deadliest mass shooting in U.S. history. Although the gunman was found dead at the scene, other parties may be liable for the devastation that resulted from this shooting. In particular, many have raised questions about the Mandalay Bay hotel and its parent company, MGM Grand. Several victims and their families have already filed lawsuits alleging that hotel negligence contributed to this tragedy.
Ramey Law, P.C. is currently investigating the Las Vegas shooting and potential liable parties. Many Californians attended the music festival in nearby Nevada where the shooting took place; our Los Angeles attorneys have the experience and resources necessary to advocate for victims in California and nationwide. If you were injured or lost a loved one, then you may have grounds for a Las Vegas shooting lawsuit. Contact our law firm for information about our investigation and to learn whether you may have a claim.
Is Mandalay Bay Liable for the Las Vegas Shooting?
Law enforcement agencies are still investigating the events surrounding the Las Vegas shooting. Due to the ongoing inquiries, the information available to the public has changed several times. Most significantly, law enforcement altered the timeline of events, which has cast doubt on how much Mandalay Bay staff knew and when they knew it. Many lawsuits currently facing the hotel and its parent company allege that the staff knew enough to prevent this tragedy.
Perhaps most importantly, the gunman wounded a hotel security officer sometime during the shooting. This officer then called in a warning to the hotel, stating that there was an active shooter in the building. However, the timeline suggests that quite some time passed between this incident and the arrival of more officers.
Additionally, there may have been other warning signs that the hotel failed to notice or ignored. According to reports, the hotel had the following information in the days leading up to the shooting:
- The gunman checked into the hotel for a short stay, but brought 10 large suitcases.
- Staff may have allowed the gunman to use the freight elevator to transport these suitcases; unlike other elevators, this one had no security cameras.
- The hotel gave him a complimentary room and assigned him a casino host, as he was a frequent gambler at the establishment. However, he did not gamble for the last two days of his stay.
- The gunman kept a Do Not Disturb sign on his room for his entire three-day stay.
Our attorneys are currently investigating whether the hotel had security procedures in place or reviewed security footage. If the hotel and its staff failed to follow procedure or investigate suspicious circumstances, then the business and its parent company may be liable for the tragedy.
What Nevada Laws May Apply to a Las Vegas Shooting Lawsuit?
Filing a premises liability claim against a hotel for a crime committed by a third party (such as a guest) may be difficult, but not impossible. Under Nevada law, a hotel or similar establishment is only liable for crime-related injuries in certain narrow circumstances. A hotel owner and/or staff members have a duty to protect against criminal actions if they know or should know that a criminal act is likely to occur.
In the case of Mandalay Bay and the Las Vegas shooting, the hotel denies direct knowledge of the shooter’s intent. Therefore, future cases will hinge on the whether they should have known of the danger. To this end, our injury attorneys are asking questions such as:
- Is there security footage from the hotel? What does it show? Did hotel staff regularly review this footage?
- Did the shooter use the freight elevator against hotel policy? Why?
- Were any staff suspicious of the 10 suitcases or the Do Not Disturb sign? Does the hotel have policies in place for when guests leave their Do Not Disturb signs up for extended periods?
- Do employees make regular rounds and security checks of the building?
- Why did it take so long for a response to the security officer’s alert?
- What was hotel security doing during the 10 minutes that the shooting lasted?
If the hotel neglected to take any actions that could have prevented the shooting, then the owners may be liable for the resulting damage, injuries and deaths. For the most current information about our investigation or filing a Las Vegas shooting lawsuit, call our law firm today.
Hurt or Lose a Loved One in the Las Vegas Shooting? Contact Our Lawyers Now
If you or a loved one was at the Route 91 Harvest music festival on October 1, 2017, then you may be able to file a lawsuit against Mandalay Bay and MGM Grand. The attorneys at Ramey Law, P.C. are currently investigating these claims and the circumstances surrounding the shooting. If you have questions or information that may help, then call (310) 773-3545 or contact us online today.