More than 4,900 people were injured in some capacity in the deadly attack Astroworld Music FestivalAccording to the latest toll of lawyers representing the victims. This is a much higher total than previously claimed.
When the disaster litigation was combined in one big suit In late January, the concerned lawyers registered 387 separate lists cases, with an estimated 2,800 alleged victims. But cases were expected to “mark along,” and one memo said new claims “are being filed almost every day.”
After several months, the number of people making allegations in the case appears to have swelled.
A new file on Monday recorded 4,932 alleged victims. In addition to the 10 people who died, the new filing said 732 alleged cases had been submitted by people who needed “intensive medical treatment” and 1,649 people who needed less comprehensive care. Another 2,540 are listed as “others,” meaning that the extent of their injuries is still under review.
The lawsuit came from Jason Aitken, Richard Methoff and Sean Roberts, three attorneys who were appointed as the plaintiffs’ so-called liaison counsel, to coordinate the many attorneys, law firms and victims involved in the case. The defendants in the case, including promoter Live Nation and star performer Travis Scottlikely to oppose the totals later in the case.
Definitions of “comprehensive medical treatment” and other terms included in Monday’s tally were not included in the filing. For example, it is unclear whether the “other” category includes those who have experienced mental and emotional harm, such as post-traumatic stress.
Live Nation and Scott face potential liability in the billions for a crowd-crushing incident during the rapper’s November 5 performance at the Houston Festival. The cases accuse Astroworld organizers of legal negligence in how they plan and manage the event, resulting in one of the deadliest disasters in history.
The number of claims submitted is important because it can determine the total amount of settlement or compensation ultimately paid to victims. In Monday’s filing, Aitken, Mithoff and Roberts said they would “continue to assess and update” the toll as the case progresses.
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This story first appeared Billboard.com.
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