Who is Liable in the Borderline Bar and Grill Shooting?First and foremost, Ian Long is the primary individual responsible for the shooting in the bar, as he was the one who loaded the gun and carried out the act. Without his actions, there would be no injuries or deaths. However, due to his death, successful litigation and adequate damages may be difficult to win. Other entities may also be held responsible. The bar did not have ample security to help control the event; all of the guards were unarmed and there was only one posted outside to screen patrons. There was no need for Long to force his way inside as there was no possibility of him being stopped. Inside the bar, there were not enough security guards to protect the hundreds of people who were enjoying their night. Further, reports stated that patrons were breaking glass windows and rushing through alternate exits in an effort to escape, which points to a lack of effective exit routes. During an emergency, patrons should be able to immediately, quickly, and safely leave the bar. Many individuals who tried to leave suffered injuries to their hands and legs and needed to go to the hospital for stitches and treatment. All of the above can be blamed for the wrongful and untimely deaths of the victims.
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Wrongful Death ExpensesIf a family member or loved one was killed in the Thousand Oaks shooting, you could receive various kinds of wrongful death expenses from the liable parties to offset the costs of the tragedy. Sadly, an occurrence like this can rack up expenses, but you should not be expected to pay them – if someone’s life was taken away, you should be off the hook, and whoever is responsible should bear the brunt of the bills. Our team of attorneys at the Downtown LA Law Group will work our hardest to ensure that you are given the maximum compensation available for the untimely death of your loved one. We will make sure you receive coverage for the following:
- Funeral and burial expenses: Many aspects of a funeral cost money, from the reservation of the funeral home for a viewing or wake to the cost of a headstone and burial plot. A casket or cremation services are also not inexpensive.
- Pre-death pain and suffering: Pain and suffering damages are forms of emotional pain and trauma that victims undergo after accidents. There is no accurate way to describe the fear and suffering that victims underwent in the tragedy, but damages can be given out to try and recoup some of the injuries.
- Pre-death medical bills and expenses: If a family member or loved one did not outright die at the scene and had to be taken to the emergency room where he or she later passed away, the costs of medical treatment could be paid for by the liable entity. The hospitalization, ambulatory transportation, surgery, and other costs all fall into this category.
- Loss of relations and consortium: A marriage or long-term relationship can be one of the most intimate experiences in life, and if that is suddenly taken away, compensation can be given.
- Loss of expected savings, inheritance, and income: A family member could have been providing for you and your family for some time, perhaps as the primary caretaker in the household. There could have been promises of inheritance, funds, savings, and more that would be used for various things, like schooling and moving. These funds can be compensated.
- Punitive damages: Punitive damages are handed out in times of gross negligence or an intention to cause harm. The damages are usually given out in moments of extreme assaults or bodily harm. They are extra amounts of monetary compensation that are meant to dissuade the defendant from acting the same way, or as a way to secure more funds from his or her estate. However, many juries and insurance agents view these damages as excessive and unnecessary, so only a skilled lawyer will be able to win them for you.
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