Power Rogers & Smith Files Lawsuit on Behalf of Chicago Woman Injured While Filming Transformers 3 Movie

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24-year-old actress working as extra on set of major motion picture suffers serious head injuries during filming of stunt

Unfortunately, the stunt vehicle closest to the center of the street had its cable and attached bracket break loose from the underside of the car, launching the vehicle into the air and into the oncoming lanes. This airborne vehicle struck the hood and windshield of Gabriela's car, and eventually her head.

Attorneys from the Chicago-based law firm Power Rogers & Smith have filed a lawsuit against Paramount Pictures and other parties, contending that their negligence resulted in serious and permanent brain damage to a 24-year-old woman who was injured last month during the filming of Transformers 3.

The lawsuit, Romo v. Paramount Pictures et al. (Case No. 10 L 011309), was filed last week in the Circuit Court of Cook County in Illinois. The plaintiff is Adolfo Romo, guardian for Gabriela Cedillo.

Cedillo, 24, was an "extra" working on the set of Transformers 3 in Hammond, Ind. On September 1, 2010, Cedillo was among approximately 80 extras driving her own vehicle down a street that was being used for the filming of the movie. At the same time that she and others drove in the westbound lanes of the street, stunt vehicles were being towed by flatbed trucks in the opposing lanes in excess of 50 miles per hour.

"At the time of the accident, the movie stunt attempted to cause two towed vehicles to rise up in the air, and then flip by use of a pulling cable, with the idea being to cause violent rolls of the cars involved," explained Todd A. Smith, partner at Power Rogers & Smith. "Unfortunately, the stunt vehicle closest to the center of the street had its cable and attached bracket break loose from the underside of the car, launching the vehicle into the air and into the oncoming lanes. This airborne vehicle struck the hood and windshield of Gabriela's car, and eventually her head."

Cedillo suffered a severe open head trauma, which resulted in her hospitalization at Loyola University Medical Center's Intensive Care Unit. She remains unable to walk and can only mouth a few words.

"The information we have uncovered suggests that just one day prior to the accident, the same stunt failed and alterations were made to prepare additional vehicles for filming the very next day," said Smith. "This raises serious questions about the negligence of the film producers."

Named in Chicago Lawyer magazine as the "No. 1 Plaintiff's Law Firm in Chicago," the personal injury law firm of Power Rogers & Smith has been recognized for many years as the leader in Illinois injury law. The firm represents personal injury victims in catastrophic injury and wrongful death claims arising from aviation disasters, automobile accidents, construction accidents, product malfunctions, brain injuries, birth injuries and many other forms of medical malpractice. For more information, please call 312.236.9381 or go to http://www.prslaw.com.

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