If you've been following the news at all in the past several days, you'll know that there was a tragic violent incident in Las Vegas over the weekend. On the evening of Sunday, October 1st, there was an active shooter who injured hundreds of people and cause fear and grief on the Las Vegas strip. The shooter, who would later be identified as Steven Paddock, shot out the window to his room at the Mandalay Bay and opened fire onto the street below. Paddock chose his timing for the gruesome attack carefully, choosing to commit this act of terrorism during the peak of the Route 91 Harvest festival, a country music event that spans three days in Southern Nevada each year. The concert is always well attended by music enthusiasts from all over the world, and this year was no different. When Paddock made the decision to start shooting indiscriminately into the crowd of people, he ended the lives of 58 innocent people and injured hundreds more. Experts are calling this horrific event "the worst mass shooting in modern American history." Las Vegas and Nevada locals have stepped up to the plate to help survivors, both local and visiting, heal. The hashtag, #Vegasstrong is trending, recognizing these efforts. There were lines around the block the day after the shooting to donate blood to support the victims. There has also been an outpouring of financial support through Gofundme initiatives and other businesses and craftsman offering services and donating proceeds to help alleviate some of the financial strain survivors incur after living through a traumatic event like this. But, for survivors without insurance or who had to go through lengthy invasive surgeries to live, those fundraising efforts may not be enough.
There is a long road ahead for the survivors of the Las Vegas mass shooting, but on top of working towards the physical and mental recovery that will take months or possibly years, they also have to be concerned with the financial burden of time in the hospital, lengthy surgeries, and ongoing prescription and medical costs. According to a recent article
on Global News about the subject, family and loved ones of the survivors are greatly concerned with the medical bills already pilling up from required extended stays in the hospital. Ted Miller, a researcher at the Pacific Institute for Research and Evaluation, estimated that the total cost of this terrible attack could be staggering. Miller is estimating that when you account for the all of the survivors' medical care, loss of earnings, emergency transport, police and first responder's work, and mental health support for survivors and their families- this event will end up costing roughly 600 million dollars. Miller believes that mental health support cost will also be significant because there were thousands of people in attendance at the Route 91 Harvest Festival at the time of the shooting. In times of trauma like this tragedy, it is not uncommon for survivors to develop PTSD. To even think about the amount of money each victim will have to spend just to survive an attack that they had no way of preventing is almost incomprehensible.
Benson and Bingham attorneys at law are deeply touched and saddened by the disturbing events that took place last Sunday night. We grieve with the families of the 58 who lost their lives and stand in support of the over 500 survivors who were injured and their loved ones. Being local Las Vegas lawyers who are top personal injury attorneys in Clark County
, we have worked with survivors in many forms. Our thoughts and prayers go out to every victim and the countless others who have experienced emotional trauma in the wake of this attack. If you have trouble getting support from your insurance company, please contact us for a free consultation. No survivor deserves to bear the burden of financial stress while they should have their whole focus on healing. Contact Benson and Bingham today, we want to help you on your road to recovery.
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