While many people in Ohio enjoy the popular TV series “The Walking Dead”, one stuntman lost his life while filming an episode. His family is pursuing a wrongful death lawsuit against AMC, the network that it appears on. The stuntman died in 2017. AMC had sought to dismiss the case, claiming that the stuntman accepted all responsibility for the consequences of performing the stunt. However, the dismissal attempt was denied by the judge hearing the case, which is scheduled to go to trial in December 2019. AMC says that it was a tragic accident.
The man’s mother filed a wrongful death lawsuit against AMC in 2018. She says that the company’s low production budget led to inadequate precautions taken for stunt performers’ safety. She claims that the company’s filming practices were fundamentally unsafe and led to her son’s death on the set. In particular, she says that the network put more pressure on Stalwart Films to cut budgets and safety protections. The man died due to injuries in a fall where the series is filmed in Georgia. The lawsuit also names the director of the episode, an actor involved and the stunt coordinator responsible for the scene.
The stuntman died after falling 21 feet from a railing. AMC claimed that the man directed the placement of safety pads and assumed responsibility for the risk of the stunt. However, the man’s mother said that the other actor in the scene pushed him unexpectedly, changing the scene and indicating that he did not accept all of the risks involved.
When people lose their lives due to someone else’s negligence, their loved ones can continue to suffer emotionally as well as financially. A personal injury lawyer can help bereaved family to pursue compensation for their losses through a wrongful death lawsuit.