A Georgia State jury awarded the family of stuntman The Walking Dead $ 8.6 million after his accidental death in 2017. John Bernecker, 33, died in 2017 after an accident on the tray.
The daily report said the verdict came after a week-long trial, after which the jurors began their deliberations and released the verdict shortly before 6 p.m. Tuesday. Counsel for the CMA, in addition to the production company, Stalwart Films, argued that none of these companies could be held responsible for the death of Bernecker.
The complainants’ representatives argued that they could not be held responsible for the death of Bernecker after he fell from a balcony in a fight. A landing strip was installed for Mr. Bernecker 25 feet from the balcony, but he missed it and fell dead.
Counsel argued that AMC and the production company were not negligent. Susan and Hagen Bernecker sued the network and Stalwart, arguing that the two sides had not used proper security procedures due to planning and financial setbacks.
Jeffrey Harris, the complainant’s lawyer, described the 33-year-old as a “remarkably talented stunt professional” who had a promising future in the industry. The statement went on to say that death was preventable and could have been prevented through the proper use of security and prevention measures.
Harris hoped the verdict would encourage companies to take appropriate security measures. In addition, the statement indicated that the situation was a lose-lose for everyone involved, including business, the victim and his family.
It would not be the first time that someone died on set. In October 2017, CNN reported the death of a stuntwoman who crashed while filming Deadpool 2. SJ Harris, of New York, died on his motorcycle in Vancouver, British Columbia.
WorkSafeBC, the organization that reviews workplace safety in the region, in addition to the coroner’s office, has investigated the incident. According to a Movie Web report, it was later determined that the lack of security measures contributed to his death.