The plaintiffs alleged that Tenczynski died of system failure secondary to insect envenomation, suffering thousands of fire ant bites. There was also evidence that he had no appreciable hydration for six days after the attack, during which time he was heavily medicated. Nissi contended that his death resulted form extra stress caused by this alleged dehydration. The family claimed wrongful death damages, and the estate claimed conscious pain and suffering. For the estate, the plaintiffs’ attorneys asked the jury for $22 million.