Paramount Pictures has settled their lawsuit with Transformers 3 extra Gabriela Cedillo.
Paramount will pay the young woman $18.5 million dollars in damages sustained during a stunt that went horrible wrong.
Gabriela Cedillo, 26, was driving a car in a background scene when she was struck in the head by a stunt vehicle that broke lose from a cable during filming of the movie in Hammond, Ind.
The accident which occurred on September 1st, 2010, left Gabriela with server brain damage and other injuries. A portion of her skull was removed and she has lose of memory, frequent seizures and went blind in her left eye. It was a horrible tragedy. Sometimes while watching these great action scenes we forget people put their lives in danger on sets everyday. Stuntmen and extras never get enough credit for putting their lives on the line for actors who are making millions of dollars. This isn’t the first tragedy on a high budget set and it certainly won’t be the last.
The accident was blamed on a poor welding job and overall negligence. Disgracefully, at first Paramount refused to even cover the poor girls medical bills, but a Cook County Judge in Chicago ordered the studio to do so which prompted Paramount to settle with Gabriela Cedillo to the tune of 18.5 million dollars.
“They led everyone to believe they were going to take care of her medical bills. They didn’t and she was forced onto a public aid,” Todd Smith, a Chicago attorney who represented Cedillo, said in an interview. “While they make their billions of dollars in gross revenue from the movie, taxpayers are paying medical bills for her.”
Paramount released a half hearted statement as well, saying, “We are pleased that the Cedillo family has agreed to move forward with the settlement. This was a tragic accident and our thoughts and prayers remain with Gabriela.”
Maybe those sentiments would have meant more before you made Gabriela Cedillo go on public aid.
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