Jury returns verdict of misadventure in 2001 Lightwater mouse death

Posted Wednesday, October 20, 2004 9:09 AM | Contributed by Jeff

The jury at Skipton Magistrates' Court returned a verdict of misadventure in the case of the death of Gemma Savage, who was fatally injured in an accident at Lightwater Valley, North Yorkshire, in June 2001. The Reverchon spinning mouse was manually released when two cars collided, causing the victim head and spinal injuries.

Read more from The BBC.

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Wednesday, October 20, 2004 9:21 AM
I'm not quite sure I understand this! Does this mean that no one is getting the blame for her death? If that's the case this is disgusting. People get awarded thousands of $ in the US for a tiny bumps on rides, yet some poor girl's life gets snuffed out for something that obviously wasn't her fault, and it's classed as misadventure!!!
Wednesday, October 20, 2004 10:11 AM
People get millions for spilling hot coffee on themselves in the US, so our legal system isn't exactly one to use as a standard.

If I'm understanding this correctly, this is a criminal trial, yes? If that's the case, then I can see how no one would be held criminally responsible. If it was a civil suit, then I can see the family getting compensated monetarily.

Wednesday, October 20, 2004 11:25 AM
It sounds like the worker was following the established procedure to solve the problem and the wiring fault caused the problem. I wonder if they are going to look into that.

Please let the "hot coffee" lawsuit myth die.

Wednesday, October 20, 2004 11:33 AM
Why is it a myth? Obviously McD's paid out money, and a lot of it, or they wouldn't have made a settlement.
Wednesday, October 20, 2004 2:29 PM
I don't know much about British law. Does "misadventure" mean that there is no civil liability, or does it just mean that there is no criminal liability?

This sounds like an incident that if it occurred in the US would not involve criminal liability, but would involve civil liability. IE, you could sue the park for damages, but no one would be prosecuted and possibly sent to prison.

The hot coffee incident is certainly no myth. The jury did award $2,860,000. If you made coffee cold enough that it wouldn't burn, people wouldn't want to buy it.

Wednesday, October 20, 2004 11:29 PM
It's not a myth, but definitely not a settlement either. Mcdonalds fought this to the end.

You can read a story of it here.

Wednesday, October 20, 2004 11:38 PM
The myth is that the woman made millions of dollars off of it. She got $480,000 which is nothing to McD's. I thought punitive damages were supposed to be high enough to make the company notice them. They probably raised the cost of Big Macs 2 cents for a few days to cover that one.
Thursday, November 18, 2004 12:34 PM
I have been to this park, its abit untidy and unde manitianed but its fine. the falut was put on an untrained member of staff, and we here all about your crazy cliams over in the USA and none of them would work in the UK. if you want to more u can find an article on the BBC website which is www.bbc.co.uk but im not sure the rest you can search for it as lightwater valley.

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