On October 1, 2017, shooter Stephen Paddock wounded 422 people and killed 58 others. All of the victims were attending the Route 91 Harvest music festival, which was held on the Las Vegas Strip. Paddock opened fire from a room of the MGM-owned Mandalay Bay Hotel.
In the shooting’s aftermath, lawsuits were filed in 10 or more states by survivors or family members. Each one sought compensation from MGM for the psychological and physical injuries they or their loved ones suffered as a result of Paddock’s actions.
MGM admits no guilt or liability in the settlement agreement. Now, the proceedings turn to determining how much compensation each claimant may receive.
Few hard-and-fast rules exist to govern how the $800 million will be distributed. Administrators will arrive at a value by calculating how much each life was worth or by weighing the extent of the injuries that were suffered. Factors that may be considered include the victims’ income level, emotional distress and their pain and suffering.
The lawsuits accused the resort casino of a failure to protect the more than 22,000 people that had gathered at the property’s concert venue. Plaintiffs are relieved that the early settlement will preclude the need for a drawn-out battle in the courts.
Payment administrators are expected to look at hospital records, ongoing medical bills and the prognosis for each claimant before determining how much each individual’s compensation will be.
Victims of the attack who may receive a portion of the settlement include those who were shot as well as others who were trampled in the race to get away from the assailant. Still others bear invisible emotional scars such as post-traumatic stress disorder.
Attorneys involved in the case say that they expect the process of determining compensation and making payments to be concluded early in 2020.