What is a human life worth?

Sharon - posted on 10/29/2009 ( 7 moms have responded )




Ok terms of my children there is no amount.

But in terms of a lawsuit....


The woman was trying to win a Wii console and overdosed on water. Yeah it can happen. I knew about it.

Her husband wants $34 million. Comeon, they didn't win the lottery here. Their mother, through misadventure died. It irks the hell out of me that they're determined to profit off this.

In my mind the children should get $5 million each to be banked. The father gets $10 million to cover a maid & daycare & loss of a beloved spouse.

The radio station should pick up the tab for counseling, medical, and private school for the next two years. I say private school because I feel young kids need a smaller environment, especially, in wake of a tragedy so someone can watch for grief related issues. Those issues would most likely go un noticed in a class of 30 - 35.

Honestly - if it were my child there would be no amount - I'd probably set some insane amount like 100 million because I'd want to hurt the responsible party. But right now, with a clear head and removed from the case... those my thoughts...

You guys?

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?? - posted on 10/30/2009




Well that's what they wanted in the first place!!!!! At least mom will have got them what they wanted...

Mary - posted on 10/30/2009




I'm with Sara on this...I don't think the family deserves financial compensation in this scenario. She entered this contest willingly, of her own accord. While I'm sorry that it ended tragically for her and her family, I don't really think anyone is clearly "at fault". It was a stupid contest, and I am sure, that no one, not her, her family, or anyone at the radio station ever dreamed that this could happen. There was no malicious intent by any of the parties involved...it was a tragic mistake. Is water intoxication a known and preventable cause of death?...yes, but I am sure that no one anticipated that this was even a remote possibilty in this contest. Sometimes horrible things just happen, and there really isn't anyone to blame. I think it's sad that we live in a world where it is normal for us to expect that SOMEone must pay the price for any negative outcome.

Sara - posted on 10/30/2009




I understand where you're going with this. Fradulent lawsuits are definitely a problem int his country (hence part of the issue with our healthcare system). But, it is hard to put a number on something. I mean, I heard on NPR once about this woman who was diagnosed with breast cancer, had a double mastectomy and went through chemo and radiation only to find out later that her doctor had read the wrong test results and she actually never had cancer. I think that lady should be able to sue for as much as she wants, because that's a massive failure of health professionals on many levels. But, the lady in this article put herself in the situation in which she died, so I'm not sure how much responsibilities others can take for that. In my opinion, her family doesn't really have the right to any compensation for her death, they should have had life insurance on her. I'm sure the lady signed a waiver to participate?

Tawny - posted on 10/29/2009




I agree with you, it is hard to put a price on someone. But the husband wanting $34 million dollars..... it's not like the wife had to do the contest. Your life or a free Wii Console... hmmm that is really sad what we will do to win something.

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