Hangover Part II stuntman seeks compensation after brain injury
An Australian film stuntman who suffered brain damage after a car chase in Thailand went wrong is suing Warner Bros film studios.
After the high-speed, head-on crash on the set of The Hangover Part II, Scott McLean spent 2 months in a medically-induced coma. McLean, who now lives in a rehabilitation clinic, is seeking compensation for the brain injury he has sustained.
The stuntman was a passenger in a car hit by another vehicle that had skidded out of control.
McLean, who worked as actor Ed Helms’ double in the worldwide blockbuster, alleges that stunt coordinator Russell Solberg ordered the driver of the car to increase his speed while the stunt was in progress. The stuntman is suing Solberg, second unit director Brian Smerz and Warner Bros for negligence. He is also seeking compensation for his carer Raelene Chapman, to whom he said the experience had caused "emotional distress".
McLean claimed the collision was caused by the car’s rapid acceleration. The crash caused him to sustain permanent brain and physical injuries, and now has "ongoing seizures, speech impediments, physical impediments and brain trauma".
"Brain injuries can be extremely serious, requiring immediate attention," said Natalie Rodgers of Simpson Millar LLP. "Scott McLean’s injury was clearly severe enough to leave him needing long-term care, perhaps even for the rest of his life. And while Scott’s profession has a certain glamour, this was still a work-related injury like so many others."
McLean’s employers at Warner Bros said the company had been shocked and saddened by the accident and was working closely with the stuntman and his family. In a statement, the studio commented: "We have offered continual support since the accident occurred and we are working together to try and resolve any outstanding issues."