Published on May 24th, 2012 | by James Johnson0
Transformers 3 Extra Who Suffered Extreme Head Injury Receives $18.5 Million
On September 1, 2010 Gabriella Cedillo was severely injured when filming on Transformers 3 took an ugly turn and now she has been awarded $18.5 million in a settlement with Paramount Pictures and DreamWorks Studios.
Cedillo lost “about a third of the top of her head” according to her lawyer who says of the settlement:
“She will be taken care of. I wouldn’t have resolved this case if I didn’t think so.”
Cedillo was one of 80 extras who were paid $25 to drive their own vehicles on a vacated street in Indiana. As she drove her car a cable pulling one of the stunt vehicles snapped, went through her windshield, and smashed directly into her head.
According to Gabriella’s attorneys the accident was caused because of a “completely inadequate superficial weld had been applied in a failed effort to secure the bracket to the [stunt] car.”
The lawsuit also noted that Paramount Pictures and DreamWorks Studios didn’t have a permit for fireworks or explosive devices.
Gabriella Cedillo ran up hospital bills of $350,000 following her injury and while the studios allegedly promised to pay her medical bills for her permanent brain impairment, physical therapy and numerous surgeries her lawyers say that promise quickly fell through and she was left financially on her own.