Depending on your job, the very nature of your work may expose you to more danger than those in other fields. One such job is working as a stuntman. Although being a stuntman is dangerous, that does not eliminate the liability of another if their negligence was a substantial factor in your injuries or a loved one’s death. Contact one of our expert wrongful death personal injury attorneys here at our Boston, Massachusetts law firm to help guide you through the complicated litigation process at 617-787-3700.
The mother of late actor and stuntman John Bernecker filed a wrongful death lawsuit recently in her bid to seek justice for her son, placing the blame on AMC for cutting back on budgets for safety precautions on set. The suit alleges that there was an emphasis on keeping production budgets low and profits high. As part of this emphasis, the AMC Defendants allegedly pressured Stalwart Films to maintain unreasonably low budgets and expenses for episodes, including the budget allotted to stunts and had repeatedly cut corners on safety precautions relating to stunt performances.
According to the allegations set forth in the suit, Mr. Bernecker was to be pushed over a metal railing at the edge of a 22-foot platform and onto a waiting padded area below in a scene filmed last July. Personnel were instructed to not to actually touch Mr. Bernecker during the stunt performance. But when it came time to film the scene, something went terribly awry. The suit alleges he was touched, and as he fell over the railing, his momentum was changed, causing the trajectory of his fall to lead closer to and underneath the balcony. He was propelled to the ground under the balcony, where the ground was not padded or protected in any way. As a result, Mr. Bernecker suffered blunt force trauma and severe traumatic injuries; he was transferred to an Atlanta hospital where he was declared dead on July 12 and removed from organ support on July 16.
Has the negligence of another lead to the death of a loved one? If so, contact an experienced personal injury attorney at the Law Offices of Gilbert R. Hoy, Jr. and Affiliates to find out what damages you may be entitled to recover for your pain and suffering, medical expenses, lost wages and other damages as a result of your loss. One of our experienced wrongful death attorneys will be available 24/7 and will work tirelessly on your case to make sure you can begin to recover. Call us at 617-787-3700 or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org for your free and private consultation. Your needs are our top priority!