Aurora Theatre Massacre

Nobody can understand what the victims of the Aurora Theater Massacre went through. The wounds of emotional and physical pain are just beginning to heal, but there is still a long road ahead. As this hits close to home for all of us in the community, my esteemed staff and I are proud to be part of a community who is showing tremendous support during this grave tragedy.

But what now? Several dozen good people have been injured, so many have died, some are in still in critical condition. Should there be responsibility on the part of the theatre for this? Are there any other liable parties? It is okay to ask these questions, because the damages suffered by everyone in the theatre, and especially by those with physical injures, is great. Families have lost loved ones. There will be inevitable future hardship. Enormous medical bills will pile up. All reminders of the nightmare.

Certain questions beg answers:

  1. Why didn’t an alarm sound when the theater door was propped open?
  2. Why did the movie continue to play during the shooting?
  3. And why didn’t the house lights immediately come up during the shooting?
  4. When gas was released why didn’t the movie theater’s smoke alarms sound immediately?
  5. Was there security of any kind provided at the Theatre?
  6. Should his physicians have known that he was so dangerous?

These and other questions may need to be answered to determine whether there is liability for the so many injuries and deaths.

I am encouraging people to make donations to the victims and their families. However with both liability and donations the distribution of funds is always a difficult process. Do your homework on where your donation is going. During the legal process if liability is found, funds will be distributed individually or by the court.

The victims from this tragedy are encouraged to seek the help they need to heal. I am offering free legal consultations to anyone who would like to see or know how they may be entitled to compensation for what they may face in the coming months and years.

The Sawaya Law Firm is Denver’s personal injury law firm. With over 40 years of experience and a compassionate team prepared to listen to your story, The Sawaya Law Firm is here to help. Contact us anytime.


Michael established The Sawaya Law Firm in 1977 and built it into one of the largest personal injury law firms in Colorado, with more than 20 lawyers and 80 staff members serving clients from five offices located in Denver, Greeley and Colorado Springs. Throughout its history, the firm has stayed true to its 12 Core Values, which emphasize excellence in advocacy and a commitment to providing outstanding client service. Michael studied sociology and economics as an undergraduate student at The Colorado College, and he earned his law degree from the Texas Tech University School of Law. In addition to being involved in several legal and community organizations, Michael enjoys playing music and cooking, and he has written a book on spiritual matters.