Death on a Movie Set Leads to Wrongful Death Claim

- Charles Argento

This summer, a film set turned into a site of a grisly accident when an unexpected train struck and killed an employee who was working on the set. The accident occurred while the victim and other workers were staging a scene that included a bed across railroad tracks. The parents of the victim, a camera assistant, filed a wrongful death suit against several parties including filmmakers, the rail line, and the landowning company.

Unexpected Train

The group of workers obtained permission from the rail company after having been informed of the schedule of two freight trains that day. At around 4 p.m., two trains had already passed; however, a third, an unexpected train, rumbled into the set, blowing its whistle leaving the shocked employees just a few seconds to escape to safety.

Those who survived the accident suffered physical injuries when the train apparently ran into the bed that was placed on the tracks, causing debris to scatter ‘like shrapnel’. The wrongful death suit arising from this accident includes a claim for damages for the pain and suffering caused.

The charm of Texas and its numerous towns has made it the favorite setting of famous films such as No Country for Old Men, Friday Night Lights, and The Texas Chainsaw Massacre.

Workers on movies sets are often exposed to risks of serious injury. Other types of accidents, such as auto and truck accidents can also be fatal.

If you lost a loved one in an accident, you may be entitled to compensation for medical and funeral expenses of the deceased, as well as for the pain and suffering arising from your loss. Your wrongful death attorney can help sort your legal issues, prepare documents to establish liability and represent you in court proceedings.

In Texas, the law firm of Charles Argento & Associates has more than 26 years of experience in wrongful death practice, helping clients move on from a painful experience and obtain fair settlements that they deserve.

Mr Argento has also earned the highest AV Preeminent Rating from the prestigious Martindale-Hubbell. The firm also handles other types of personal injury cases, such as auto and truck accidents, premises liability, and medical malpractice suits. We welcome your call today at (713) 225-5050 for a free initial consultation.