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Stunt Woman Who Lost Arm On Res­i­dent Evil Set Sues For £2.2 Mil­lion


A stunt woman who had to have her arm ampu­tat­ed after an on-set acci­dent is suing the film com­pa­ny for £2.2 mil­lion.

Olivia Jack­son suf­fered hor­rif­ic injuries, includ­ing facial scar­ring, a twist­ed spine, a dis­lo­cat­ed shoul­der, punc­tured lungs, and bro­ken ribs, after a scene she was film­ing went ter­ri­bly wrong.

Dur­ing the film­ing of Res­i­dent Evil: The Final Chap­ter in 2015, Olivia was meant to be appear­ing in a fight scene. How­ev­er, due to unex­pect­ed rain, the scene was changed and she was told to stand in for lead actor Mil­la Jovovich in a high speed motor­cy­cle stunt.

The stunt occurred on a stretch of road near a dam in Pelind­a­ba, Pre­to­ria, South Africa. Unfor­tu­nate­ly, the shoot went ter­ri­bly wrong when a cam­era didn’t move out of the way fast enough. Olivia col­lid­ed with it as well as the rig­ging and was thrown from her bike.

The cam­era was sup­posed to start film­ing at ground lev­el, then raise itself up and over Olivia as she sped toward it on the motor­bike, but it failed to lift fast enough.

Olivia wasn’t wear­ing a hel­met, and the impact of the crash was so force­ful, the 37-year-old stunt woman was left with sev­er­al bro­ken bones, and part of her left fore­arm had become detached. She spent 17 days in a coma after the acci­dent, reports the Mail Online.

Three years after the inci­dent, Olivia has now launched a legal fight in the Gaut­eng High Court (Pre­to­ria), against the pro­duc­tion and stunt com­pa­ny, as well as the cam­era crane oper­a­tor, the dri­ver of the vehi­cle, and the film’s direc­tor.

Accord­ing to legal paper­work, Olivia used to earn £20,000 a month in the UK, and was earn­ing £12,500 a month for her work onRes­i­dent Evil. She believes she’s become unem­ploy­able since her acci­dent, and is report­ed­ly suing for £2.2 mil­lion.

Olivia has doc­u­ment­ed the progress of her recov­ery on her Insta­gram page, often shar­ing pic­tures of her scars, X‑rays and phys­i­cal ther­a­py.

Cap­tion­ing a pho­to of her back after the acci­dent, she wrote:

This is the twist­ed upper body I’m left with from my acci­dent. Scew spine, off-cen­tered neck (the most painful part), twist­ed shoul­der blade, per­ma­nent­ly dis­lo­cat­ed shoul­der, 1 arm, mus­cle atro­phy on the left hand side of my core & plen­ty more oth­er treats. [sic]

I don’t mean to moan, but some­times I just want to crawl out of my own skin & all the pains in it [sic]

In a post show­ing an X‑ray of her spine, she wrote:

Yup that’s a bat­tery pack implant­ed in my left bum cheek. It pow­ers elec­tric cur­rents to the neu­ro-pain-trans­mit­ter implant­ed on to my spinal cord (behind my teeth in the X‑ray), to help with phan­tom arm pain. [sic]

Hard­est part of my days is to hold my head up (lit­er­al­ly & fig­u­ra­tive­ly). Paral­y­sis of the left side of my neck, the skew spine & the fused neck make it real­ly dif­fi­cult to hold my own head up straight. [sic]

The con­stant pain is unex­plain­able. I can’t actu­al­ly remem­ber what it feels like to be in a nor­mal, pain free body.

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.

Here’s hop­ing Olivia’s recov­ery con­tin­ues to progress well.

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