Game of Thrones stuntwoman sues makers for £4m over ‘career-ending’ injuries
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Game of Thrones stuntwoman Casey Michaels is suing the makers of the show for £4 million over her 'career-ending' injuries.
She claimed she suffered from career-ending injuries while she was playing an acrobatic zombie in an undead army.
At the time, she was 28 years old and already appeared on the popular fantasy show a few times.
She claimed she suffered catastrophic leg injuries when she jumped off a rooftop as part of an attacking undead horde.
The stuntwoman is now four years older and claims that the injuries meant her stunt career was over. Casey hopes to become a stunt coordinator and director.
Casey is suing Fire and Blood Productions Ltd, who made the series, as she blames the company for her injuries and claims the 'landing area' she jumped onto was unsafe.
Casey Michaels (on the right) is suing Fire and Blood
(Image: Bracknell Titles)
The stuntwoman got her injury while filming a season eight episode called "The Long Night" on 5 Feb 2018 in Northern Ireland.
Casey, along with 28 other stunt performers dressed as Wights (zombies controlled by White Walkers) were allegedly instructed by production to walk off a 12-foot high roof "as if unaware of the drop, in keeping with the zombie-like nature of the Wights".
The lawsuit details that the stunt performers fell onto a box rig made of cardboard boxes and mats.
Fire & Blood claim the box rig was "durable and was not compressed"
However, Fire & Blood claim the box rig was "durable and was not compressed when a stunt performer stepped off onto the mattress and rolled away."
Her claim is mainly made up of lost future earnings due to her stunt career being ruined.
The company's lawyers have denied any blame and are fighting her claim at London's High Court.
During a pre-trial hearing at the High Court, judge Master Richard Davison was told that Casey claims that the area she leapt off the roof onto had not been safe for her to land on.
She was filming an episode from season eight
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Stephen Friday, for Casey, says there is video footage of the stuntwoman and extras 'walking down the roof and jumping or stepping off' but it didn't 'clearly show the landing area'.
"The state of the landing area is in dispute," Mr Friday said. "This is a case that is pleaded in excess of £4m."
"She was a young stunt performer of considerable potential. We say she had the potential to go on and be a stunt coordinator or a second unit director."
Jonathan Bellamy, for Fire and Blood, denies liability and told the judge that the company is contesting the size of the claim.
He said that the future "employment prospects of the claimant as injured" is one of the big areas in dispute.
The case will return to court at a later date.
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