Actress Tippi Hedren Gets $1.5M for a Gallon of Water Falling on Her Head

Posted: Dec. 18th, 2013  |  By DailyLuxe News

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At first glance, you may think this story from The Hollywood Reporter is for "the birds." 

Actress Tippi Hedren, most famous for her role in Alfred Hitchcock’s 1963 film, The Birds, was granted $1.5 million stemming from being doused by a gallon of water that fell on her while rehearsing for a scene in the TV show, Fashion House, in 2006.

 Ms. Hedren was afflicted by constant headaches before having spinal fusion surgery to alleviate the problem. The surgery worked and she was able to work again. However, when the gallon of water unexpectedly fell on her during a rehearsal of the show, the headaches returned and she was unable to work.

The actress sued her then-attorney, Joseph Allen,  for malpractice, as Ms. Hedren was precluded from suing the producers of the TV show due to Mr. Allen’s failure to file appropriate paperwork on her behalf.

In 2009, Hedren sued her former lawyer for malpractice for all the money she reasonably could have expected to have recovered in the prior lawsuit had things gone right. A jury returned a verdict totaling $1,483,708, which included $213,400 for past, lost earnings and $440,308 for future lost earnings.