A proper waiver will protect an organization in the case they did everything right, but bad things still happened. A poor waiver will not protect against anything. The station did nothing right in this case.
Priceless clips from before the contest:
- "maybe we should have researched this more"
- on contestents dying, "we had them sign a release so we aren't responsible"
- on the risk of water intoxication, something like - "if a person is in danger, the body will automatically throw up and they will be ok."
Thank you doctor DJ! A pharmacist can't dispense medical advice, but a DJ can. The question about risking death was raised but the station blew it off and said there was no risk because you would throw up. OOOPS!
Was there medical staff present in case of trouble? Don't think so. The station also controlled the amounts and time intervals that water was provided. That creates an appearance that they knew what they were doing.
I read about a marathoner with water intoxication and the treatment at the medical tent was simply salty hot broth. The lady who died at the contest was showing clear symptoms of water intoxication. Just having someone there who understood them and giving her salty broth may have saved her life. If she died because of a combination of water with other medical problems there was still no medical staff to attend to her.
Contestents have some responsibility, but the overwhelming onus is on event organizers and they did jack all to understand or minimize the risk from the event that was run on their terms. The station was negligent and I doubt this even gets to court.
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