Gabriella Cedillo was working as an extra on the ‘Transformers 3’ set when a stunt gone wrong caused her to sustain a traumatic brain injury, resulting in permanent brain damage and paralysis. The young woman was struck in the head by a tow cable that broke free from a stunt vehicle.
A Chicago injury lawyer filed a lawsuit on behalf of Cedillo and her family, alleging negligence on the part of Dreamworks and Paramount. According to the lawsuit, the accident was a result of improper welding of the tow cable to the stunt vehicle. Additionally, the Chicago injury lawyer filing the case says that the studio showed carelessness when they allowed extras with no stunt training to drive their own vehicles as part of the stunt without disclosing any risks associated with filming that day.
Paramount issued the following statement regarding the accident: “We are all terribly sorry that this accident occurred. Our thoughts, prayers and best wishes are with Gabriela, her family and loved ones. The production will continue to provide all the help we can to Gabriela and her family during this difficult time.”
The Chicago injury lawyer is is seeking unspecified damages over $50,000 on the family’s behalf as compensation for her traumatic brain injury and paralysis. The young woman continues to be in the care of Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago. Her prognosis is uncertain.