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Stuntwoman Sues After Losing Her Arm in Accident

South African stuntwoman Olivia Jackson has filed for damages of almost R40million (£2.2million) after a shocking accident on the set of Resident Evil: The Final Chapter, which led to her losing her left arm.

The High Court in Pretoria has granted an order consolidating Jackson's damages claim against the Road Accident Fund (RAF), Canada-based independent film production company Davis/Impact Films, Pyranha Stunts, stunt coordinator Grant Hully, camera tracking and equipment company Bickers Action SA, and two men involved in 2015's accident.

The court heard how Jackson was doubling for star Milla Jovovich on the set when the motorcycle she was riding crashed into a metal camera arm, causing fractures and injuries to her face, chest, spine, shoulder, left arm and fingers, along with brain swelling and a severed vital neck artery.

She was left in a coma for seventeen days.

Following the accident Jackson needed to undergo multiple operations, including two on her spine and the amputation of her thumb. Her left arm, which was left paralysed by the accident, was amputated just under a year later.

Jackson is suing for R3.5million for her disability, disfigurement and medical expenses, and over R36million for future medical treatment, in addition to her loss of income.

In court papers she alleged that the accident was caused by the negligence of the stunt coordinator, the driver of the car which the camera and crane were attached to, and his passenger - who was operating the crane.