$22M Fund Can’t Compensate All Las Vegas Victims

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The Las Vegas committee overseeing the millions of dollars donated after the mass shooting in October has expanded the scope of those that could make a claim, but many people will remain ineligible to receive any cash under the final guidelines, the Los Angeles Times reports. Scott Nielsen, chairman of the Las Vegas Victims Fund Committee, says the fund has $22 million, but “the overwhelming number of victims prevents us from providing individual monetary payments to those suffering psychological trauma, though we are committed to identifying mental health services to assist this critical segment of the survivor population.” Fifty-eight people were killed and hundreds more injured when Stephen Paddock fired into an crowd of about 22,000 during the Route 91 Harvest country music festival on Oct. 1.

With so many victims, more donations would be needed to cover everyone who suffered emotional trauma or visited a doctor after Oct. 10 for injuries. Christine Caria, 49, who was trampled trying to escape the gunfire, said she recently moved to Las Vegas and had trouble getting a doctor’s appointment for torn ligaments in her leg and a wrenched back by the Oct. 10 deadline set in the new protocols. She also is seeing a counselor for post-traumatic stress disorder, but that isn’t covered under the final guidelines established by the committee. Those who will receive the highest level of payment from the fund include claims related to individual deaths and those who sustained permanent brain damage or permanent paralysis requiring continuous home medical care.

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