Recently I blogged about the woman in Sacramento, CA, who participated
in a water-drinking contest at a radio station then died of hyponatremia.
Her family sued the radio station, and the case is currently in trial.
Now I have an update for you, courtesy of
this article in the Sacramento Bee.
The family of the deceased is requesting an award between $34 million and
$44.3 million. The jury has been in deliberations for six days now and
has not yet reached a verdict. The jury did, however, ask for a 10-key
adding machine, purportedly to run some numbers and assess damages. The
jury must also decide on liability. The defense argued that the victim
is partly liable for her own death because of “contributory negligence.”
In other words, she willingly and enthusiastically participated in the
water-drinking contest and thus is partly responsible for the outcome.
There’s a gag order in effect, so the attorneys cannot speak to the
media about the case, but you can bet people will have plenty to say after
the jury makes its decision.