Are you looking for someone knowledgeable to ask ‘can I claim for an accident as a TV extra?’ Then Accident Advice Helpline is the best place to turn for help. Our advisers are trained to help with exactly this kind of enquiry and can go over your case with you to work out if you might be eligible for compensation. If you are, you will have the option of pursuing your case with us, but we will not pressure you to do so. We will not charge you anything for our initial advice and if you do decide you want us to take on your case, we will do so on a no win, no fee* basis.
TV extra accidents
When you are working as an extra, you are often part of a big group of people brought in by a casting agency. You will be given a supervisor on set, but that person might not be around all the time and things can all too easily go wrong in their absence, even if you follow all the instructions you have been given. Every set is different, so even if you have done a lot of similar work in the past you can find yourself having to deal with unfamiliar surroundings.
There are many safety rules designed to prevent accidents from happening to TV extras, but people are often working very quickly so things do get overlooked. People can be injured by falling pieces of the set, collapsing stages, hot lights, loose cables, swinging booms or knocked over and even trampled in poorly supervised crowd scenes. And everyone is more vulnerable to slip-ups after working the long hours, over several days that are commonplace in the job. If you are injured because of other people’s carelessness, neglect or failure to do their jobs properly, you could have a case for compensation.
How to claim
When people call us at Accident Advice Helpline and tell us they want to claim for compensation, our first course of action is to check that they have valid cases. If they do, we then put them in touch with expert solicitors who have the right experience to maximize their chances of success. Because TV extra accidents are quite common we will normally be able to find someone to take on your claim who has dealt with similar cases before. You can give your solicitor contact details for any witnesses along with any photo evidence you have from the set. Your casting agency may be able to help with this. Your solicitor will then handle the paperwork and will call you to discuss any decisions that need to be made as the case moves forward. Reach us on 0800 689 0500 from your land line, or 0333 500 0993 from your mobile.
Winning compensation for an accident as a TV extra can ease the financial impact of accidents, giving you the resources to do something fun that will cheer you up, and help to provide you with closure. It can make it much easier to get back to enjoying life.
Date Published: June 3, 2015
Author: David Brown