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When Negligent Security Leads to a Wrongful Death

On Behalf of | May 31, 2024 | Wrongful Death

When we attend a concert, game, or other event in the Seattle area, we naturally expect that the venue owners and management will take reasonable steps to maintain a secure environment to protect us from crime and violence. Violence at such events is rare, but it can happen. And when it does, it can take the life of someone we love, such as our spouse, parent or child.

Washington law states that property owners owe a duty of care to their legal visitors to act reasonably to implement security measures to safeguard their well-being. Depending on the size and nature of the premises, this can include things like hiring adequate security staff or making sure that doors lock correctly. Unfortunately, when this duty is neglected, the consequences can be tragic.

Tragic Incident at a Music Festival

In a heart-wrenching incident at the Gorge Amphitheater in 2023, the community was shaken by the loss of two young women at a music festival. The event turned deadly when another concertgoer, reportedly under the influence of hallucinogens, retrieved a gun and opened fire in the nearby campground. This appalling act not only claimed the lives of these women but also left several others injured.

The families, devastated by their loss, have sued the event organizers and security providers for wrongful death. They allege that the defendants’ failure to enforce basic safety measures led to the killer getting high and having a firearm at the venue.

The lawsuit filed by the families in King County points to what they describe as “inadequate, unreasonable, and egregiously deficient” security at the event. It highlights a systemic failure by the event organizers to adhere to their own safety protocols, which they believe led directly to their unimaginable loss.

Seeking Justice Through Legal Expertise

Losing a loved one is never easy, but when it occurs under circumstances that could reasonably have been prevented, the pain is even more profound. If you find yourself in such a grievous situation, consulting with a personal injury attorney who specializes in wrongful death cases can be a crucial step. These legal experts can help you understand your rights, explore your options for justice, and potentially secure compensation for your loss.