Baltimore Wrongful Death Lawyers: Maryland Man’s Death in Tough Mudder Event Prompts Lawsuit

The mother of a Maryland man who drowned along a West Virginia obstacle course last year recently filed a wrongful death lawsuit against the Tough Mudder event organizers. The event consists of a series of military-style obstacles spanning a 10- to 12-mile course. The lawsuit alleges that the organizers neglected to follow basic safety guidelines during the event, which ultimately led to the April 2013 death of 28-year-old participant who was killed after he jumped into a water pit on the “Walk the Plank” obstacle, which requires participants to climb a 15-foot wall to a platform before jumping into the pit. According to a medical examiner, the victim drowned as a result.

This marks the first event death for Tough Mudder, which requires all participants to sign liability waivers before taking on the course. However, the lawsuit alleges the following:

  • The obstacle was overcrowded.
  • It did not have an appropriate divider to stop participants from colliding with one another after jumping into the pit.
  • There was no monitoring system in place to track participants until they exited the pool.

According to the lawsuit, the deceased person struck another participant after jumping into the pool, which prevented him from surfacing. Because there was no volunteer stationed at the bottom of the platform, no organizers noticed until three more jumps had taken place. Safety personnel did not remove the victim from the water until more than two minutes after he went under.

In a wrongful death claim, loved ones of the deceased may collect damages for medical bills, funeral costs, lost benefits, lost future income and loss of companionship. Families who lose a loved one due to negligence should consult a skilled Baltimore wrongful death lawyer at LeViness, Tolzman & Hamilton, P.A. for legal advice.