In the aftermath of tragedies, families and victims often have no other recourse but to sue the organization (school, business, government, etc.), the shooters/family, or other third parties.
Lawsuits and settlements over the years have been trending up and up:
- 2000 Columbine School Shooting Settlement $2.5 Million
- 2012 Virginia Tech Shooting Settlement $11.1 Million
- 2018 Michigan State Settlement (USA Gymnastics) $500 Million
- 2020 MGM Concert Shooting $800 Million
- 2022 Oxford School Shooting (filed not settled) $200 Million
- 2022 Uvalde School Shooting (filed not settled) $27 Billion Class Action
Other post-incident settlements settled by the Department of Justice/FBI:
- 2021 Charleston, SC Church Shooting $88 Million
- 2021 Sutherland Springs, TX Church Shooting $230 Million
- 2022 Parkland School Shooting $127 Million
But no matter how much the settlements are, they will never be a replacement for lives lost and ruined and do not begin to cover other liabilities and ongoing damages.
Liabilities and ongoing damages can include long-term trauma for everyone involved, PTSD for the First Responders, insurance increases, reputation, lost trust, and numerous other costly consequences.
There is a solution to prevent these incidents and damages. The solution equips schools, universities, churches, organizations, and communities to collect, funnel, share, assess, and connect pre-incident indicators in a central, community-wide, secure, and compliant prevention platform so the appropriate and trained resources can intervene, disrupt, and prevent more at-risk individuals from attacking.
This solution was recently validated by a January 2023 report from the National Threat Assessment Center (NTAC) that stated all 180 attackers in 170+ attacks they studied between 2016 and 2020 exhibited pre-incident indicators before they attacked. The report stated the pre-incident indicators were scattered across numerous formal and informal systems and not centralized, and not acted on.
Knowing that pre-incident indicators are almost always exhibited and knowing costs and consequences of failing to act on the pre-incident indicators are soaring, better prevention solutions are needed.
Pre-Incident Prevention is an organization-wide and community-wide solution, so please advise your executive management, board members, and/or legal counsel to setup a meeting and learn how the First Preventers program, pre-incident prevention tools, and training equips you to eliminate common gaps, silos, and disconnects that can result in soaring liabilities and costly damages.