A participant in a Warrior Dash 5k was seriously injured when he dove into a mud pit head first, at the urging of one of the event’s emcees. Although his negligence claim was dismissed, race organizers could still be held liable if they are found to be grossly or willfully negligent.
Plaintiff signed a release to participate in the Warrior Dash race. An employee of the race was encouraging participants to dive into a mud pit. Plaintiff dove into the mud pit rendering himself a quadriplegic.
State: Federal District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan
Plaintiff: James Sa
Defendant: Red Frog Events, LLC, an Illinois corporation
Plaintiff Claims: negligence, gross negligence, and willful and wanton misconduct
Defendant Defenses: release and failure to state a claim upon which relief may be granted
Holding: for the defendant on the negligence claim because of the release, for the plaintiff on the gross negligence, and willful and wanton misconduct claims
This case is possible still ongoing. How the final decision will evolve is unknown. However, the federal district court did arrive…
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