The United States is certainly no stranger to night club fires and as a result, fire safety codes have been created to try and reduce the risk. Most notably after the deadliest night club fire in US history, at Boston's Cocoanut Grove club in 1942 where an astounding 492 people lost their lives. New codes were created, including the use of automatic sprinkler systems, light and marked exits, and emergency lights that can operate separate from the main power system.
However, no amount of safety codes will protect against club owners making exceedingly bad decisions. To most of us it's common sense to never light fireworks indoors and yet this continues to happen.
During the legal fallout of such a tragedy it will become very clear that the club owner did not have enough insurance coverage to compensate those injured or the families who have lost loved ones.
How can anyone put a price on such things?
It remains a tough subject, but long after the news reporters have left town the families of those who have lost a provider will be left in a much more difficult financial situation that can have a negative impact not only on personal loss but on their financial future. Therefore it will ultimately fall on the family's lawyers, and jury members to determine the amount of money the club owner's insurance company must pay the families of the injured and deceased. As a personal injury attorney nothing could be more difficult than having to put a value on a family's loss. But to pursue justice or at the very least, financial support for the families, an attorney must take this responsibility and fight for the victims of such negligence until justice has been served.