Every member of the California workforce faces some risks in his or her occupation, regardless of whether it is in an office, a construction site or a film set. Several lawsuits have been filed against television studios and cable networks in recent years. Just like any other employer, employers in the entertainment industry must protect the health and safety of employees by eliminating known hazards that could cause workplace injuries.
The Occupational Safety and Health Administration has launched an investigation into a recent workplace accident that occurred on a set of CBS Television Studios in another state. Reportedly, for unknown reasons, the stunt coordinator performed a stunt during which he was injured. This was unusual because setting up safe stunts for stunt workers to perform is typically the responsibility of the coordinator and not the actual performing of dangerous stunts.
It was reported that the same employee filed a personal injury lawsuit against CBS among others after he suffered injuries on the set of a different television series last year. That case was ultimately settled. An unofficial report indicates that the stunt coordinator suffered head trauma on a recent Monday during a fall from a moving vehicle. Further reports suggest that he was hospitalized and remained in a medically induced coma.
In California, victims of workplace injuries in all industries could be eligible for workers' compensation benefits. However, if their injuries were suffered in circumstances that involved gross negligence of their employers, or independent third parties, they might have grounds to pursue additional financial relief through the civil court system. With the help of an experienced workers' compensation attorney, a third-party personal injury lawsuit might yield more than the medical expenses and lost wages recoveries typically awarded by workers' compensation.