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Supreme Court clears Slimmers World in decades-old client death case

The Supreme Court has ended a 24-year legal battle, clearing fitness center Slimmers World of liability in the death of a client.

Adelaida Kim, a longtime member, participated in a personal training program at Slimmers World in 2000. After her 12th session, she experienced discomfort, headache, and nausea. Gym staff took her to the hospital, where she was diagnosed with hypertension and later a brain hemorrhage. Kim died three days later.

Her husband, Miguel Kim, sued Slimmers World for damages, alleging negligence caused his wife’s death. Lower courts had sided with Miguel, finding the gym at fault.

However, the Supreme Court, in a 20-page decision, overturned the lower court rulings. The decision cited a lack of evidence proving negligence or a contractual breach by Slimmers World.

The Court noted that Adelaida did not disclose her pre-existing hypertension on her application for the training program. The gym relied on a more recent health declaration from June 2000 that showed no high-risk factors.

It further said that Slimmers World staff followed proper procedures. While a doctor wasn’t immediately available, registered nurses took Adelaida’s vitals, and the gym promptly transported her to the hospital.

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