‘Transformers 3′ Extra Receives $18.5 Million from Injury Lawsuit
An extra from Michael Bay‘s ‘Transformers 3′ received a dizzying $18.5 million dollars to compensate for the injuries she sustained on set.
Now, now. Let’s put aside our jealousy, here. There’s no chance we’ll ever receive adequate compensation for the injuries we, as a nation, sustained when ‘Transformers 3′ was released and gave us all a collective headache.
But at least justice is being served in the case of Gabriella Cedillo who, according to NBC Chicago, sued the production after sustaining a head injury while behind the wheel of a stunt vehicle. A cord was not sufficiently attached to a car in front of her, causing the cable to snap, crashing through the window and hitting her in the head. Cedillo now has permanent brain damage from the incident.
Even though Paramount and DreamWorks said they’d take care of her medical bills, according to the lawsuit they “did everything they could to avoid payment.” Fortunately for Cedillo, the attorneys reached a settlement agreement amounting to a staggering $18.5 million. It’s a good thing the film raked in $1.1 billion at the box office, making this settlement little more than chump change.
The lesson here: safety first. Or, you know, make a lot of money if you’re going to be lax on the safety.