Rafael Olmeda and Erika Pesantes  Reporters South Florida Sun Sentinel

After the deaths, the injuries and the trauma at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, the price that the Broward School Board puts on the shooting is just $300,000.

That’s because the district’s insurance company is portraying the mass murder as one incident with many victims and a liability cap, according to court documents.

The insurance adjuster cites a state statute that limits liability for the self-insured school district to $200,000 per person and $300,000 per occurrence.

The outrage ballooned after a lawyer for a student injured in the shooting, Daniela Menescal, 17, filed a petition in Broward court asking that a judge review whether the school district can limit the amount paid to victims in this manner.

Jessica Jenkins, an adjuster with Johns Eastern Company, the insurance company representing the school district, wrote to Menescal’s attorney, Patrick Lawlor: “This unfortunate and tragic incident involves multiple parties, and is being handled as a multi-party claim under one occurrence.”

Lawlor said: “It’s beyond comprehension. This [case] is going to open people’s eyes as to this state statute and protection of all government employees.”

Lawlor, who has indicated he is suing the district on behalf of Menescal, also represents two other students who were in the 1200 building, but not injured by gunfire. They do, however, bear psychological scars, he said.

“The school board’s liability is limited to $300,000 per incident,” said Lawlor. “By arguing this is one incident, they limit the total potential claim.”

The school district is facing potential lawsuits from the families of 17 people killed during the massacre, and from 17 victims who were injured in the shooting. Others who bear psychological trauma have also sought damage claims from the district.

Lawlor says each victim of the rampage represents a separate incident.

And Todd Michaels, an attorney who represents the families of two victims killed during Nikolas Cruz’s rampage on Feb. 14, said that if the district doesn’t adequately compensate victims, “we’re going to make sure they’re held accountable for their behaviors.”

Michaels added: “We were so appalled and taken aback by the [adjuster’s] ridiculous quote.”

The school district is also protected from lawsuits by state statute in that plaintiffs have to give six months’ notice before filing a claim. If it were treated as multiple incidents, the cap would apply to each case.

On Thursday, school district spokeswoman Nadine Drew wrote in an email: “The School District is not attempting to limit damages, but it is simply stating the law of the State of Florida that has been put in place by the Legislature.”

She said that other students seeking damage claims will be met with the same response as Menescal.

“The letter that went to this family is the same letter that will go to every family that provides the School Board with a … notice of their intent to file suit,” Drew wrote.

Beyond the state statute limitations, victims can seek further compensation by filing a claims bill through the legislature that would have to pass like any other bill of law.

However, Lawlor says the Florida Supreme Court in 2003 ruled that the shooting of a separate victim constituted a separate incident when reviewing the case of a fatal shooting at a fraternity graduation party involving multiple victims.

Menescal was in room 1214, her Holocaust history class, when Cruz opened fire through the glass panel in the door. The petite 17-year-old barely managed to hide behind a filing cabinet and was struck by bullet shrapnel that injured her thigh and hip and lower back area.

In an interview with the South Florida Sun Sentinel, Menescal said the blood on her white pants jolted her out of denial — she couldn’t believe she was experiencing a school shooting. The nearby bodies of classmates Nicholas Dworet and Helena Ramsay lay lifeless. The image of the pair is one Menescal says she will never forget.

“It’s really an image that’s not going to leave my mind ever,” she told the Sun Sentinel in March. “I really just hate thinking about it. Even if I try not to think about it every day I do.

“It’s part of my daily life now,” she said.