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Filmmaking can be both exciting and hazardous, especially with today's action-packed productions. In the event of an injury to a member of the cast or crew, someone should be financially responsible for damages. However, it may not be easy to establish exactly who is liable, which is why the victims of movie-related accidents need the assistance of a personal injury attorney.
The Many Risks of Making Movies
The scenes that bring thrills to movie audiences can involve great risks to those who work in front of and behind the camera. Motion picture production also involves many other potential hazards that are associated with transportation, construction, remote settings and the assembly of large numbers of people.
Common injuries occurring on movie sets include broken bones from falls, muscle strains associated with heavy lifting, burns related to the use of flammable materials and cuts stemming from the operation of machinery. Additionally, such health conditions as dehydration and hypothermia may result from the prolonged exposure to harsh terrain or climates.
What to do After a Movie Accident
The primary concern to everyone should be for the care of those who have been physically harmed. Even injuries that seem minor could present long-term problems if they are not properly diagnosed. The failure to seek proper treatment could also affect any subsequent legal action.
Those injured may be eligible for worker's compensation, but coverage is not universal and may depend upon where the accident occurred. Alternatively, it may be possible for the victim to take direct action against the studio, which should have its own insurance provider.
The Importance of Legal Representation
Compensation may be sought to cover medical expenses, lost wages and even the emotional pain associated with the injury. However, it will be necessary to determine the degree of responsibility and how a particular act of negligence contributed to the injury. It will also be necessary to determine who is most culpable among the many parties that are often involved in making movies. The responsible party may even claim that the victim should have been aware of the risks. It is for these reasons why it is important to obtain proper representation.
A lawyer will serve as the victim's advocate throughout the legal process, arguing the case before a jury if necessary. It is the personal injury attorney who can help ensure that the victims of movie accidents receive the justice that they deserve.