Sets can be dangerous places, so no one should be surprised to hear that we are asked for TV extra injury advice on quite a frequent basis. Our highly trained advisers here at Accident Advice Helpline are familiar with the kind of accidents that are commonplace in that sort of work environment, and as a result they will normally be able to assess your situation straight away. Just give us a call to talk through what happened and find out if it could be possible for you to claim compensation.
Claiming and the law
The legal aspects of claiming compensation are straightforward. You will only be able to do so if the accident was not your fault, but some people are a bit too quick to decide things were their own fault when the reality is more complicated, so call us if you are uncertain.
You will need to have been treated by a doctor soon afterwards so that there is a medical record of what happened to you; simply receiving first aid on set may not be enough. Again, call us on our free, 24–hour hotline if you are unsure.
If you are an adult, your claim will normally need to be made within three years. If a child is injured, the claims period is usually longer. How the claim moves forward will then depend on who was responsible for supervising the child on set and what the contract said in relation to this. You should put your solicitor in touch with your casting agency so this can be established.
Common injuries on set
Typical TV extra injuries include the following:
- Bruises, concussions and broken bones from being struck by falling objects.
- Strained muscles, broken bones, head, and spinal injuries from tripping over cables.
- Burns from hot lights.
- Injuries caused by falling from unsafe sets.
- Crushing or falling injuries caused during the shooting of crowd scenes.
- Head injuries from being struck by a boom.
Despite the risks involved in filming, it is the duty of the production team to take all reasonable precautions to keep you safe on set. If you feel this has not been done, give us a call here at Accident Advice Helpline and let us see if we can help.
Making a claim
Following the TV extra injury advice provided by our team, if you decide you would like our help to pursue a compensation claim, we will introduce you to one of our expert solicitors.
We work on a no win, no fee basis so you will be able to access this representation even if your finances are strained.
If you have an image of solicitors as dry, unapproachable people then we think our team will pleasantly surprise you, as they are all very friendly and – because they are used to working with accident victims – sympathetic about the stress you are under.
They will take care of all the complicated aspects of your claim, allowing you to concentrate on what matters most – your recovery.
If you want to speak to one of our expert advisers just dial 0800 689 0500 from your land line, or: 0333 500 0993 from your mobile.
Date Published: July 7, 2015
Author: David Brown