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I Think It Is Suicide I Don't Think It Is Suicide
Debate Score:9
Arguments:8
Total Votes:9
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 I Think It Is Suicide (2)
 
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Suicide or Not?

If a person is trapped inside a burning high-rise and opts to jump to his/her death rather than being burned to death, do you think that the life insurance company rules such an action to be a suicide in order to get out of paying survivor benefits?

I Think It Is Suicide

Side Score: 2
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I Don't Think It Is Suicide

Side Score: 7
1 point

The insurance company would most likely treat the case as a suicide, and legally I am not sure that there would be much room for appeal. Arguably, anyone who takes their life is under some form of duress of they would not have taken their life... so making a legal distinction could be tricky.

For the record, I also think that exclusion for suicide is contentious and misguided itself since it is arguably most often an action committed on account of medical mental illness or chronic and typically terminal physical sickness.

Side: I Think It Is Suicide
1 point

if a for-profit company did NOT use every possible avenue for increasing its profit, the executives would be sued and the share holders would demand a head on a stick.

Side: I Think It Is Suicide
2 points

I would be amazed if an insurance company would risk the public relations disaster such an argument could create and even more surprised if they could get away with such an argument in court.

Side: I Don't Think It Is Suicide
1 point

There have been many recorded events where high buildings were on fire and people jumped, some from heights that were impossible to survive from the impact, so there has been discussion about why people do this and there are many responses, for example, the fumes and smoke can cause suffocation, the heat the fire creates is impossible to tolerate, some who have survived jumping said they wanted relatives to be able to identify their body, etc, etc, so in our natural instinct to fight, fright or flight, suicide should not be the automatic response to escaping when we are faced with an unnatural event

Side: I Don't Think It Is Suicide
1 point

yeah my thoughts are same to you,'fear of death is worse than death itself',they have to suffer from terrible pain and that 's just a way to escape from terrible pain not suicide for sure.i think so.and sorry guys if my english is bad

Side: I Don't Think It Is Suicide

I don't think it should be called suicide as that is a strong word.. They are simply easing their passing.. Anyway, both ways they will probably die.. either by getting burnt alive or jumping off the building and going splat on the floor.. That is what happened in the 9-11...

Side: I Don't Think It Is Suicide
1 point

I think it sort of depends on how they jumped outfoxed the building. If igloo kid liken the person was trying to break their fall or grab onto the side of the building or another building, then I would say it isn't suicide. But if there was no effort for survival, the it possibly could be suicide.

Side: I Don't Think It Is Suicide
1 point

I don't think it is suicide like they would of died either way no matter what they did, they didn't have the choice to live so how could it be considered suicide?

Side: I Don't Think It Is Suicide