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Special Effects Artist Sues Disney For A Serious Injury On ‘The Little Mermaid’ Set

Disney, the multinational media conglomerate responsible for a myriad of iconic films and TV series, is facing legal action after an injury occurred on the set of the upcoming live-action adaptation of The Little Mermaid. The plaintiff, a veteran artist who has worked on well-known movies like Dune, Alien, Superman IV, and Golden Eye, is seeking a very large sum in damages. This comes as the 74-year-old claims that the injury has cut short the final years of her career.

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What was the injury that occurred on the set of ‘The Little Mermaid’?

A veteran specialist in creating beach and snow sets, Christine Overs, alleges that she suffered a serious wrist injury while working on a lagoon scene for Disney’s recent live-action version of “The Little Mermaid” at London’s Pinewood Studios back in October 2020. She claims to have fallen from a polystyrene step and broken her wrist which has caused her many problems. According to The Times of London, Overs maintains that the accident happened due to the production company failing to provide her with any suitable access to the set in question.

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Overs adds that the accident she had on the set of Disney’s live-action remake of The Little Mermaid has led to a debilitating disability and impacted the last years of her career. In a recent hearing at the Central London County Court, Overs disclosed that after the incident, which required surgery and the insertion of steel pins into her arm, she has had a difficult time performing fine-motor skills, which are heavily needed for her occupation. The artist reports that the incident has also significantly affected her sleep patterns and physical wellness, causing ongoing pain and swelling.

How much is Christine Overs asking for in damages and what has been Disney’s response to the lawsuit?

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The plaintiff in this case, Special Effects artist Christine Overs, is seeking a sum of £150,000 ($190,000) in restitution for injuries caused in a fall on The Little Mermaid set. Sandcastle Pictures, the Disney-owned production company responsible for the shoot, has acknowledged responsibility for the fall but is arguing against the requested amount. A future trial will determine whether or not Overs’ desired sum is appropriate.