A stunt woman who lost her arm on the job says her workplace compensation doesn’t even cover her medical bills. So, now she’s taking action.
Olivia Jackson almost died while working on the 2015 set of Resident Evil: The Final Chapter. The 38-year old professional stunt double was performing a scene with a motorcycle when it unexpectedly crashed, Unilad reports. Though Olivia survived the accident, she was left with extensive injuries too her brain and spine. She also had to have her arm amputated.
The stunt double incurred seriously high medical bills as a result of her injury. She’s also had to receive rehabilitative care after the fact, only increasing her bills. Olivia claims the film’s producers Paul Anderson and Jeremy Bolton originally promised to take care of her expenses. But now she’s claiming they “abandoned” her while she was still in a coma as a result of the crash. The compensation she’s received thus far hasn’t been enough to pay her extensive bills.
Originally, the film producers agreed to pay for her medical treatment only if she signed a non-disclosure agreement. But when Olivia refused, she was left to rely on her insurance, which she says has been “woefully inadequate.”
Her insurance has only covered $33,000 of her medical bills to date. Olivia has also only received $990 worth of wages lost. Julian Chamberlayne, the lawyer leading Olivia’s legal defense, is arguing the $33,000 has barely made a dent in the stunt double’s expenses, which have included several major surgeries.
Speaking to Daily Mail, he explained, “She could need 10 or more surgical procedures. This does not take into account any of the prosthetics, aids or therapies that Ms. Jackson requires, which could each cost tens or hundreds of thousands of pounds.”
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The lawyer went on to emphasize the extent of Olivia’s injuries, which will require well into the near future. But at this moment, there’s no seeing how the stunt woman will be able to afford that.
“She suffered multiple fractures to her spine, her eye socket, her ribs, her shoulder scapula and clavicle, her humerus and her forearm, her thumb was torn off,” Chamberlayne explained. “Her arm became paralyzed, her brain bled and swelled, an artery was severed in her forearm and multiple arteries ruptured in her neck. Olivia’s lawsuit argues the film producers should be held responsible because they had her perform a “dangerous and technically complex motorcycle scene in adverse weather.” The stunt woman says she only discovered she had no liability coverage for her case after the fact.
As Olivia’s case proceeds to court, she’s continuing to inspire people online with her positive outlook and share updates about her recovery. “The constant pain is unexplainable. I can’t actually remember what it feels like to be in a normal, pain free body,” she wrote in one Instagram post. “It’s so tempting to hate the people that did this to me. I try, rather, to use that energy to focus on getting better and staying positive.”