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The parents of 'Expendables 2' stuntman Kun Liu have filed a wrongful death lawsuit against the producers Nu Image and Millennium Films. The suit also names the movie's stunt coordinator as a defendant.
Liu was died last year while working on the movie in Bulgaria. He was performing on a rubber boat in Ognyanovo dam when a nearby explosion went wrong. The accident killed Liu and injured two others.
No one is arguing that the accident was intentional but Liu's parents are still suing for his funeral and burial expenses along with loss of society and companionship.
A claim of wrongful death is brought when negligence or misconduct allegedly causes a person's death.
Such a suit can only be brought by the personal representative of the person who died and requires that the death caused some financial injury to the surviving family.
In most cases, financial injury is fairly easy to prove since the cost of burying a relative and hosting a funeral generally fall to the family.
Liu died during a supervised shooting of 'Expendable 2' where there should have been precautions to prevent injury. The actual circumstances of how the accident occurred will be a key part of the case.
Liu's family is suing for more than just funeral expenses. They're also seeking repayment for the loss of society with their son who was only 26 when he died.
Loss of society, also called loss of companionship, is a claim for the lost interaction with a person who died unexpectedly as the result of an accident. A successful suit compensates the family for lost time with the deceased as well as the value of any care they would have provided had they lived.
Neither the producers nor the stunt coordinator, Chad Stahelski, commented on the lawsuit. 'Expendables 2' is due for release on August 3.