Photo: Judge Approves $18.5M Settlement for Woman Injured During 'Transformers 3' Filming
Lawyers for the woman severely injured during filming of Transformers 3 has reached a multi-million dollar settlement on her behalf.
In 2010, the 24-year-old Gabriella Cedillo was one of extras on the set of Transformers 3 in Hammond, Indiana. Her part was to drive her car down the street during an action scene. During the scene a stunt car was being pulled by a cable. However, that cable, which Cedillo’s lawyer says was not attached properly, snapped off and flew through her window. She was struck in the head and taken to the hospital.
Due to the accident, Cedillo’s lawyer says, “She lost about a third of the top of her head” and has suffered permanent brain impairment.
A Cook County judge approved a $18.5 million settlement for the victim on Wednesday.
The lawsuit that was filed against the movie studios claimed the studios agreed to pay for Cedillo’s medical costs, but changed their tune and “did everything they could to avoid payment” forcing her onto Public Aid for pay for her bills. The claim is that Cedillo was struck by the cable because the crew failed to properly weld the cable to the stunt car. The lawsuit also alleged the crew did not have permits for fireworks or explosive devices and extras driving cars were having to dodge flying debris.
She is currently undergoing therapy at the Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago, with her family hoping she can one day return to school and even get married.
For now though, they are just happy she is alive.