Paramount Pictures is reportedly being sued by an extra who was injured on the set of the new Transformers 3 film and consequently suffered brain damage.
Whilst working as an extra on the set of the new action movie in Hammond, Indiana, aspiring actress Gabriela Cedillo, 24, was reportedly hit with a large chunk of a metal that flew from a stunt car. The object struck her in the head and caused serious injuries such as permanent brain damage and paralysis, as well as causing Cedillo’s left eye to be sewn shut whilst she recovers at Chicago Rehabilitation Institute.
Cedillo’s family are now suing the makers of the film, Paramount Pictures, and its location managers for £50,000 over the incident, claiming that the production company failed in its duty of care towards Cedillo.
The company is likely to have employers’ liability – as well as other types of professional insurance such as public liability – in place to cover accidents, injuries and damage to property during filming, and extras are often asked to sign a liability waiver, but the family’s lawyers are confident that they have a case.