A Shooting Victim Sues the Venue Where He Was Shot: Will His Case Succeed?
At this point, most people are aware of the tragic events that took place at the Madden Tournament. Two people died and many were injured when a shooter committed a grisly crime. As a result of this shoot, it is likely that any large venue in the state is going to consider their security protocol and whether or not it meets their needs and can keep the public safe.
But will the steps they take be enough? At Law Offices of Fernando D. Vargas we have seen the outcome of lax security procedures and we hope that serious steps will be taken to keep these events as safe as possible. It seems more likely that this will happen if a lawsuit that has been filed against the venue itself and EA succeeds. Read on to learn more. If you have lost a loved one or have been injured in a similar situation then contact Law Offices of Fernando D. Vargas at 909-982-0707 now for your free legal consultation.
The specifics of the case
The plaintiff in this case was shot twice but did survive his injuries. The legal filing involves premises liability and alleges that the mall where the incident took place and the pizza restaurant in which the event took place did not have enough security. The victim has further sued Electronic Arts, who sponsored the event, for their lack of security oversight.
According to the plaintiff’s attorney, the victim did not know that when he walked into the event, he would have reason to be concerned for his own safety. He trusted the venue and event sponsors. Once he heard the first gunshot, he says the knew that he was not safe and he believed with certainty that he would not survive the shooting.
What should the plaintiffs have done?
There are a few things the lawsuit alleges the plaintiffs should have known or done. First, the area in which the event was held allegedly has a high level of criminal activity. The plaintiff alleges that the venue and event organizers should have known that shootings and stabbings had happened in the past in this part of the city and this should have been taken into consideration.
Further, they say that there was not enough security. They claim that the only security at the event was mall security and there were no further security personnel contracted for the event, despite the fact that there were hundreds more than were typically at the mall.
Will this case be successful? A lot more need to be known before we can comment on that. For today, we can say that businessowners do have a legal responsibility to keep their premises safe and if they do not then they may be held responsible.