David Blaine, an illusionist and performer of extreme feats of endurance who has broken several world records, recently dislocated his shoulder while performing a stunt where he jumped from an 80-foot-tall platform into a pile of cardboard boxes. According to the Los Angeles Times, the stunt was part of Blaine's opening act at the Resorts World Theatre. The Times reports that a number of doctors in the crowd helped Blaine relocate his right arm "as he experienced extreme pain and discomfort."
Blaine posted a message on Instagram commenting "Wow, that hurt!" He posted a video showing the moment when doctors popped the arm back into place. The entire process took about 30 minutes. Injuries are not new to Blaine. He nearly blacked out during an underwater act. Back in December he pierced his left palm after slamming his hand onto a cup that concealed an ice pick, according to the Las Vegas Review-Journal. Also, during a stunt in 2002, he stood on a 100-foot pillar in New York's Bryant Park for 35 hours before he jumped into a pile of boxes. He sustained a concussion in that fall.
Injuries in the Entertainment Industry
Blaine's accident sheds light on the types of injuries that could be sustained by those in show business. Los Angeles is home to Hollywood and numerous large studios that make movies and television shows with special effects and stunts. There are also theater productions and other entertainment venues that stage shows where such accidents and injuries could potentially take place.
When studios or production companies fail to follow proper guidelines, they create an unsafe work environment that could result in serious injuries. Such productions could involve the use of heavy camera equipment, large objects that could fall and injure people in the vicinity or the danger of electrocution. If you have been injured on the set of a movie, TV show or other production, it is important that you contact an experienced Los Angeles work injury lawyer to obtain more information about pursuing your legal rights.
Examples of Injuries Suffered in Show Business
Injuries sustained during a show or during filming can range from minor to serious or even catastrophic. Depending on the nature and extent of the injuries, an individual may have to stop working for weeks or even months until they are fully recovered and can return to their jobs. Some of the most common injuries related to work on a stage production or on set include:
- Bone fractures
- Burn injuries or smoke inhalation suffered in fires or explosions
- Facial or eye injuries
- Traumatic brain injuries
- Loss of vision
- Loss of hearing
- Nerve injuries and damage
- Psychological effects including depression, anxiety and post-traumatic stress disorder or PTSD
- Back and neck injuries due to falls
These types of injuries can occur when a production company fails to provide a work environment that is free of hazards or when they fail to inform workers on the set about dangers that exist at the site.
What Causes Accidents on Production Sites?
There are a number of dangerous workplace conditions at production sites that could result in an accident:
- Construction equipment that is not being used properly
- Equipment that has been fastened or secured properly
- Improper use of chemicals or explosives for special effects
- Failure to properly warn employees about exposed wires that could pose the risk of electrocution
- Not securing proper permits for production
- Failure to put safeguards in place to prevent accidents on set
- Not providing those working from heights with fall safety devices
If you have been injured while working on set or on a show as an actor, extra, as a stunt person or in any other capacity, our work injury lawyers can help you secure maximum compensation for your losses.
How to Seek Compensation for Your Work Injury
If you were injured while working on a movie set or a show, you may be able to seek workers' compensation benefits through your employer, which helps pay for medical expenses and a portion of lost wages. In addition, you may also be able to file a third-party lawsuit when a party other than your employer caused your accident and resulting injuries. You can seek compensation for damages including medical expenses, lost wages, cost of surgical procedures, hospitalization, rehabilitative therapy, pain and suffering and emotional distress. An injury lawsuit may be worth significantly more than workers' compensation benefits.
The experienced Los Angeles work injury lawyers at Greenberg and Ruby Injury Attorneys, APC have a long and successful track record of helping injured workers seek compensation for their losses. Our attorneys work on a contingency fee basis, which means we don't charge any fees unless we secure compensation for you. Call us to schedule a no-cost consultation and case evaluation.