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Most Unusual Wrongful Death Cases
Wrongful death is civil action that is taken when death is caused by something other than a criminal action. There are many different types of wrongful death lawsuits that may surprise you. Here are some of the strangest cases of wrongful death.
A well-known wrongful death case occurred after a 28 year old woman died during a 2007 contest hosted by Nintendo. The winner of the contest would receive a free Wii but they had to drink the most water without having to urinate. The woman ended up placing in second in the contest after drinking water constantly for three hours straight. She died upon arriving back home as her blood was diluted and brain was 8% heavier than it should have been. The judge ruled that her death was caused by the contest with no fault on her.
The unnecessary infliction of emotional distress leading to suicide has been the reason families have sued others in a wrongful death case. A famous example of this exact situation occurred in 2006 when a family received $200,000 for the wrongful death of their loved one caused by talk show host Nancy Grace. Grace blamed the young woman on air for the disappearance of her son and just days later she committed suicide. The family argued that this incident was the reason for her death and the judge agreed.
Surprisingly, overdosing on caffeine has caused the death of many individuals whose families have sought wrongful death compensation against energy drink companies. For instance, in 2012, a healthy 33 year old man collapsed and died during a basketball game after drinking a Red Bull. He drank them regularly and the family argued that the excessive amount of caffeine in their product made Red Bull responsible for his death. This man’s family won the wrongful death case and many similar cases have occurred in recent years.
Manufacturers that create products with potential safety concerns are often the center of wrongful death cases. One of the most well-known instances of this circumstance is when Ford manufactured the Pinto in the 1970s with an unsafe gas tank that led to fires and collisions. Many wrongful death lawsuits took place before the company finally stopped making the Pinto. Most families of those killed while driving or riding in the Ford Pinto received around $200,000 in damages.