Rosie Perez Sues for Injuries Sustained on "Law & Order: SVU" Set

Actress Rosie Perez has filed a personal injury lawsuit against the production companies behind the show "Law & Order: Special Victims Unit," after claiming the show's negligence caused her to sustain severe neck injuries that required a discectomy and surgery on several of her vertebrae.

The injury occurred in September 2009 during filming for an episode where Perez played the mother of an abused child. The lawsuit alleges that during a scene where Perez was fighting with another actor through a window of a car, an extra playing a passerby grabbed her roughly, leading to considerable neck trauma.

The suit accuses Northern Entertainment Productions and DDFFilms of, "recklessly and carelessly failing to provide skilled performers or experienced stunt personnel."

Perez has reportedly undergone two operations, including a spinal fusion, due to the injury. During her recovery she was forced to wear a neck brace and use a wheelchair.

A discectomy is surgery to remove a herniated or damaged portion of a disk in a person's spine, which is performed to relieve symptoms caused by the pressure of a herniated disk on a spinal nerve. The Mayo Clinic reports that the surgery reduces symptoms in 80 to 90 percent of people who have signs of nerve compression.