'Resident Evil' Stunt Performer Wins Latest Legal Case Following Career-Ending Accident

U.K.-based stunt performer Olivia Jackson — who suffered life-changing injuries following an accident while shooting 2016's Resident Evil: The Final Chapter — has won a legal case in South Africa against a company involved in the film.

While standing in for Milla Jovovich during the 2015 shoot in Cape Town and riding a motorcycle at high speed, Jackson collided with a crane-mounted camera vehicle traveling in the opposite direction. She would spend 17 days in a coma, with her left arm having to be amputated above the elbow. She was also left with a twisted spine, paralysis of the top left quarter of her body including her neck, a dislocated shoulder, a severed thumb, punctured lungs and broken ribs, and still suffers lasting nerve damage and facial scarring.

At court in South Africa has now found in favor of Jackson, ruling that the stunt was negligently planned and executed by the local company, Bickers Actions SA, that had been operating the camera and filming vehicle. The judge also dismissed the allegation by the defendants — Gustav Marais and Roland Melville — that Jackson’s motorbike riding was at fault. Alongside Bickers Action SA, the stunt coordinator was Grant Hulley of Pyranha Stunts. Both companies had been engaged on the film by Davis Films/Impact Pictures.


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