When your bruised Coccyx costs you 100K:
During TNF (My Brady TD prop cashed in the first half, NBD...even though technically it took until this morning because the RI Sportsbook app kind of stinks), my soon to be former roommate :( told me about this article that broke down the Jackass crew's medical bills over the last 20ish years. There's a great chance you've already seen it too, as this story is making the rounds. Everybody loves Jackass.
The prospect of doing all that research over two-plus decades of stunts in Jackassery is right up my alley. I lol'd when I first heard of this stunt. As a blogger, I can tip my beanie to someone willing to do all that legwork; this was no easy task. Think of all that tape you have to go through. According to Nova Legal Funding, this is how it went down:
So, we all remember Jackass, right? Their shocking injuries and painful escapades are hard to forget. In light of their new ‘Jackass Forever’ film around the corner, we decided to look at just how much the Jackass crew’s injuries have really cost.
Here at Nova Legal Funding, we’ve made it our business to learn everything there is to know about personal injuries and their costs. So that’s why we thought we’d use our knowledge to find out the true cost of Jackass.
To do this we created a ‘Jackass Injury Rich List’, to track the total estimated cost of the stars’ injury rap sheets. Johnny Knoxville topped the list, with a total cost of $8,663,000, followed by Ehren McGhehey, who tallied up an estimated $7,380,000 in injuries, and fan-favorite Steve-O, who racked up a total of $5,820,000 during his career as a stuntman. To create the list, we used our internal expertise and data to work out the total cost for each reported injury sustained by the Jackass crew members.
The top six members of the ‘Jackass Injury Rich List’, are:
In terms of the most expensive injuries, Johnny Knoxville’s brain hemorrhage in 2020 during filming for ‘Jackass Forever’ is estimated to have cost around $2.5m to care for, while Steve-O’s skull fracture cost an estimated $1.75m. Dave England had surgery after sustaining a neck injury, costing approximately $1.5m.
On top of this, Johnny Knoxville has also sustained a reported 16 concussions in his life, equating to roughly $4m in settlement costs, while Ehren McGhehey’s three broken necks and nine knee surgeries add up to around $3.8m. Steve-O has broken his teeth seven times, costing $350,000 to repair.
To gauge the cost of each individual injury, our specialist personal injury team tracked the average cost for each type of injury endured by the cast.
The team looked at 79 injuries in total, across six members of the Jackass crew – these injuries span across; 28 broken bones, 36 head injuries, and one alligator-related injury. The estimated total cost of injuries across the entire cast is $24,263,000, however this number only accounts for the reported injuries suffered by the main members of the Jackass crew, and we estimate the actual number could be closer to $38m.
Ron Sinai, founder and CEO of Nova Legal Funding, said,
“At Nova Legal Funding we help thousands of people gain access to funds following a personal injury; whether it be sustained at work, or during their downtime, our mission is to help everyone get the financial help they need.
“While the majority of the injuries caused by the crew of Jackass are self-inflicted, and the average person doesn’t usually injure themselves this often, we wanted to show how much these painful accidents cost in medical bills, so fans of the show can appreciate the financial and medical consequences of living such an adrenaline-fuelled life!”
Due to ongoing reports regarding Bam Margera’s mental health, and his exclusion from ‘Jackass Forever’, Nova Legal Funding chose not to include him in this study. Internal expertise and data for each specific injury has been tracked to reveal the total cost of each person’s injuries.
That lower case "k" in knee surgeries is making me so upset.
Maybe this is just my lack of real-world, adult, non-trivial knowledge showing, but these numbers seem far too fucking high. Are they laundering money through medical bills? 10K for hand stitches on Steve-o but 25K on Knoxville? Obviously, there can be different degrees of injuries, but we're talking about a hand here. As long as it's not like blown to smithereens (where I don't think stitches would do much help), I don't get how they can vary so much.
Even in the good, ole U. S. of A. where it's the health care BUSINESS, not service, these numbers seem outrageous.
I know dental work is expensive; after all, I'm paying $75/month for a Smile Direct Club membership that's still in the box because deep down, I'm scared to take the proper steps to be less gross and thus eliminating my excuses AND more importantly...they hurt to wear. But come on!!! 100 grand for TWO (2) replaced teeth? Did these new teeth have solid gold filling extracted from the King Tut mask???
Admittedly, I'm a little confused by the article. Are these prices with or without insurance? You have to assume they're not, right? I know insurance companies don't exactly like to help their customers, but I feel like they cover broken bones. Even if you don't have insurance, I've heard broken bones costing someone like 10, maybe 20 grand, but 300K for a broken ankle?? These have to be out-of-pocket prices. I guess I can wrap my head around a brain hemorrhage costing a couple mill, or a 15% skin graph approaching two comma territory, but $350,000 for ankle surgery? 700K for two (2) finger surgeries? Is that why Ronnie Lott chose to get his chopped off? Maybe I just don't know shit about medical bills (thank Jah), but these numbers seem outrageously high, and dare I say a little clickbaity? Did Dave England's tab include all the dry toilets he shat in? Cause that could add up fast.
I'll gladly admit when I'm wrong, but I have a Paramore BANGER Hard Time(s) believing this data is anywhere close to accurate. It feels like we're just trying to create a little buzz for Jackass Forever (in theaters February 4th, 2022). If Knoxville has had 16 concussions (FOR FOUR MILLION BUCKS), the fact that he, his wife and children are still alive today is a miracle.
What do you think about these Bam-less Jackass medical bills? Sound off in the comments below!