The Tough Mudder race series is facing a wrongful death claim filed by a mother after her son died during one of the popular events. The wrongful death claim was filed with a West Virginia court and names the Tough Mudder series, sponsors, rescue divers and others as responsible for the man's death during the race. Officially, the death of the man was ruled to be an accidental drowning.
The man was running a race, organized by Tough Mudder, when he was instructed by a race volunteer to jump off of a platform into the water. Supposedly, another runner jumped off the platform before the man had cleared the area. It is believed that he was hit while underwater and was not able to surface. The mom claims that the race volunteers were not paying attention and that they displayed gross negligent conduct, ultimately resulting in her son's death.
The lawsuit also claims that the rescue divers did not act properly or demonstrate proper life-saving measures. One of the rescue divers' licenses was also expired at the time of the event. It is estimated that the man was underwater for around 10 minutes and the suit states that an ambulance was not called.
The wrongful death claim, if successful, would compensate the victim's family for damages and the cost of their pain and suffering. The West Virginia race could be found liable for the untimely death of the man if evidence is presented to support the claims of the lawsuit. When filing a wrongful death claim, the burden of proof lies with the plaintiff.
Source: Runner's World & Running Times, "Wrongful Death Complaint Filed Against Tough Mudder", Matt McCue, April 24, 2014