Stuntwoman Olivia Jackson has filed a £2.2 million lawsuit after she lost her left arm while filming a stunt for the 2017 film Resident Evil: The Final Chapter.
Jackson, who was standing in for Resident Evil lead Milla Jovovich during filming, was performing a high-speed stunt on the film set in Johannesburg when she crashed into a metal camera arm.
She spent 17 days in a coma after the crash. Her left arm had to be subsequently amputated, while she also suffered brain swelling, punctured lungs and a severed vital neck artery – as well as a twisted spine and dislocated shoulder.
As The Evening Standard reports, Jackson filed legal papers at Gauteng High Court in Pretoria this week, with the papers revealing that she is seeking more than £2.2 million in damages. Jackson says in the documents that she is unemployable due to the incident, while she also claims to have been earning £20,000 a month through her job before the crash.
Seven parties – including the Road Accident Fund, the driver of the vehicle to which the camera crane was attached, the camera crane operator and the film’s director, Paul W. S. Anderson – are all being sued in a personal capacity for negligence.
All of the seven parties have served notice to defend themselves, but their full responses have not yet been filed. This is with the exception of the camera crane operator, who said in court papers that the crash would have been avoided if Jackson had applied the brakes.
The court case is expected to be heard next year.
Meanwhile, the Resident Evil franchise is currently being rebooted – with shooting on the new movie expected to start in 2019.