The photographer receives more than $66 million in damages after an accident on a set

The photographer receives more than $66 million in damages after an accident on a set

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A photographer in the United States has won more than $66 million in damages for an accident on set that left him with a spinal cord injury. According to US media, this is among the highest damages ever imposed in the state of New Mexico, where the case was heard.

The incident happened in June 2016, when 55-year-old Jame Razo was working on the set. Only the braveA movie about elite firefighters. He was behind the wheel of a moving camera crane. This car usually weighs about 1,300 kilograms, the local newspaper writes Santa Fe New Mexico on charge basis.

Steep road

On the day of the accident, filming was taking place atop Pajarito Mountain near Los Alamos. Razo was instructed in the morning to drive the crane to that spot by a steep road. According to the indictment, he also required the installation to be installed on a rail, a task of about three hours, and to scout the track first. But the management asked him to bring the camera crane directly to the shooting location.

When the photographer came to a fork with the crane, an accompanying car sent him down an unpaved road that was steeper than the one he was actually on. Then the front of the winch began to tilt upwards, until finally the riveting flipped backwards. Razo is buried under the crane and rendered unconscious.


The photographer was seriously injured in the spinal cord and brain. Several parts of his body were shattered. Razo said he has had many medical appointments and several surgeries since the day of the accident.

It took four hours for a judicial jury to finally decide that Razo should be awarded the damages. About half of the $66 million is intended to compensate the victim for the damage, and the other half must be paid by the production companies as penance to prevent them from making another mistake.

Photographer Razo reacted with relief. “I can finally work on my recovery,” he told the local newspaper. Lawyers for the film companies involved did not respond to the newspaper’s questions about the ruling.

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