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Catwoman double's workplace accident destroys camera

For all the thrills that Hollywood action movies offer to cinema lovers, there are a lot of spills that occur on the set that wind up on the cutting room floor. Some of that footage might make it into outtakes -- not the final cut. But such a mishap is a workplace accident, just as sure as if it happened in a more mundane work setting. Maryland lawyers experienced in personal injury know this and can help if there's a need.

Fortunately that isn't the case with a spectacular accident involving a stunt double intended to look like Catwoman during the filming of a scene for "The Dark Knight Rises" in Pittsburgh last week. According to news reports, the woman was sitting astride one of the high-tech "Bat-vehicles" that have come to be so associated with the recent Batman movies. She was supposed to drive the vehicle down the steps of a building.

When action was called, the camera crew got more than it bargained for. She smashed the vehicle into a very expensive camera used to generate IMAX format footage. Word is that no one got hurt, but the camera was destroyed.

For all the fortunate aspects of this story there are some things that bear noting. First, it involved a motorcycle, and as we all know such accidents can often lead to significant injury, even death. Second, it happened on a work site, and when someone is hurt on the job they should know they may be able to pursue claims. Finally, as with many movies today, the filming took place on location in Pittsburgh. Innocent bystanders could have been hurt, leading to liability claims.

It pays to be cautious, but if you suffer personal injury in an accident it also makes sense to contact an experienced lawyer.

Source: CBS News, "Catwoman stunt double crashes into camera on "The Dark Knight Rises" set," Jessica Derschowitz, Aug. 9, 2011

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