Jury Reaches Verdict In Case Of ‘The Walking Dead’ Stuntman’s Death

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A Georgia jury awarded $8.6 million dollars in civil damages to the estate of The Walking Dead stuntman Josh Bernecker, who died performing a stunt on the set of the AMC series.

In 2017, Josh Bernecker performed a stunt on the set of The Walking Dead season 8 which was supposed to involve him falling head-first over a balcony and onto a crash pad. However, according to Deadline, the crash pad had been positioned out and away from the balcony, resulting in Bernecker landing underneath it and sustaining massive head injuries from which he died two days later.

Now, after two days of deliberations, the Georgie jury in the trial of the wrongful death of The Walking Dead stuntman Josh Bernecker has reached a verdict. While AMC Networks were found “not to be negligent” in the death of The Walking Dead stuntman Josh Bernecker, his estate, as represented by his mother, was awarded $8.6 million in civil damages with no additional punitive damages.

Likely accounting for the specifics of the verdict in the jury’s determination that Josh Bernecker was an independent contractor rather than an employee of production company Stalwart Films. AMC released the following statement expressing sympathies to Bernecker’s family and noting the safety of The Walking Dead set after the verdict was announced:

“There is no winning or losing in this situation, this was a terrible and tragic accident and our sympathies continue to go out to John Bernecker’s family and friends. The set of The Walking Dead is safe and is managed to meet or exceed all industry standards and guidelines related to stunts and stunt safety. That has been the case across the production of 10 seasons and more than 150 episodes, and it continues to be the case today, notwithstanding this very sad and isolated accident.”

According to Deadline sources, an appeal is not likely to be made as $8.6 million in civil damages awarded by the jury will be covered by insurance.

Here is the official synopsis for The Walking Dead season 10:

A few months after the end of Season 9, the collected communities are still dealing with the after effects of Alpha’s horrific display of power, reluctantly respecting the new border imposed on them, all while organizing themselves into a militia-style fighting force, preparing for a battle that may be unavoidable.

The Walking Dead stars Norman Reedus, Melissa McBride, Danai Gurira, Josh McDermitt, Christian Serratos, Seth Gilliam, Ross Marquand, Jeffrey Dean Morgan, Khary Payton, Cooper Andrews, Callan McAuliffe, Nadia Hilker, Eleanor Matsuura, Lauren Ridloff, Cailey Fleming, Cassady McClincy, Ryan Hurst, and Samantha Morton as Alpha.

The Walking Dead season 10 will resume on February 23, 2020, on AMC.

Source: Deadline

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