Injuries from accidents may attract some significant compensation amounts. In some popular movie scenes, several characters get injured in fights or accidents. How much would the characters be paid if these accidents happened in real life? This article looks into some popular movie titles where characters were involved in freak accidents and determines how much they would have received if the mishaps happened in real life.
IT: Eddie Breaks His arm after Being Scared
IT is a supernatural movie where characters fight Pennywise, the dancing clown. There is a scene where Eddie breaks his hand after a fall. He had been scared by Pennywise, a clown that was taking various forms. If this accident did happen in real life, Eddie would be looking for a payout of about £5,810 from Pennywise for the broken arm.
10 Things I Hate About You: Bianca Punches Joey in the Nose
10 Things I Hate About You is an American romantic comedy that was released in 1999. Three friends, Joey, Bianca and Cameron, are involved in a love triangle at the prom. Matters degenerate quickly and result in a fight where Joey punches Cameron. However, Bianca comes to her aid and punches Joey in the nose. In real life Joey would have sued for compensation for the broken nose. He would have received an estimated compensation amount of about £2,760 for his injuries.
Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets: Gilderoy Lockhart Accidentally Removes All Bones in Harry’s Arm in a Treatment
Harry Potter is a famous witchcraft, fictional action series. In Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets, Harry’s arm is broken by a bewitched Bludger while playing Quidditch. Fortunately, Gilderoy Lockhart, a teacher who offers defence against the dark arts comes to his rescue. However, rather than mending Harry, he removes his arm bones instead. If Gilderoy were a doctor in real life, he would have compensated Potter an estimated £114,810 for accidentally removing his bones during a treatment procedure.
Misery: Anne Hits Paul’s Ankles with a Hammer
Misery was a 1990 psychological horror film. A famous romantic novelist, Paul Sheldon, crashes his car and is rescued by Annie Wilkes, one of his most loyal fans. Unfortunately, Annie has a psychological disorder and moves from caring to torturing her patient. In one scene, Annie drugs the novelist after realising that he was planning to escape. She then proceeds to break his ankle bones with a sledgehammer. In real life, Paul would have been compensated for an estimated £43,900 for his injuries.
Home Alone: Burglars Break into Kevin’s House
Home Alone is a 1990 American comedy. The story follows an eight-year-old Kevin who is accidentally left home when his family travels to Paris for vacation. Unfortunately, two burglars, Harry and Marv break into the home. In the ensuing confrontations they injure the small boy. He gets a blowout fracture, mild scarring, head injury, facial fractures, deep cuts and severe burns. For these injuries, Kevin would have sued for compensation of about £114,370.
The Devil Wear Prada: Emily is Run over by a Car
The Devil Wear Prada is an American comedy. One of the characters, Emily, is so engrossed in a conversation with Miranda that she forgets to check her surroundings. She walks in front of a car and gets struck, breaking her leg and getting other injuries. In real life, she would sue for a compensation of about £10,380 for the injuries.
Some of the figures above are surprisingly high. But, given the nature of the injuries, these amounts are not far-fetched.