Posted On: September 4, 2010 by Steven J. Malman

Movie Extra Injured During 'Transformers 3' Shooting Undergoes Brain Surgery

What should have been a fun day as a movie extra shooting a scene for 'Transformers 3' turned catastrophic when a movie extra was critically injured on Wednesday. Gabriela Cedillo, a 24-year-old Chicago bank teller, was struck by a metal object that flew through the windshield of her car. She is reportedly in stable condition after undergoing brain surgery.

The work accident took place during a scene involving drivers heading down a highway as explosions went off. After she was struck, Cedillo’s car, which another movie extra says was being towed by another vehicle, kept moving before skidding for a mile along the concrete barrier median and then stopping.

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration is trying to determine whether Cedillo, a paid extra, was hired as an employee or as an independent contractor. If she was considered an employee, then her work injury case would fall under OSHA’s jurisdiction.

Cedillo’s work status could determine who can be held liable for her injuries. If she was retained as an employee, she will likely be entitled to workers’ compensation benefits. Although she wouldn’t be able to sue the company that employed her, there may be third parties that should be held liable.

Actor Injuries
Movie stars, theater actors, extras, stunt doubles, crew members, writers, producers, and others in the business have been known to get hurt on the job. Back injuries, burn injuries, voice injuries, dance injuries, neck injuries, fall injuries, stunt-related injuries, fatigue, repetitive strain, and other injuries have been known to occur to people employed in the entertainment industry.

In Cook County, DuPage County, Will County, and Lake County, contact our Chicago workers’ compensation lawyer to discuss your case.

'Transformers 3' wraps early in Chicago after an extra is injured, Los Angeles Times, September 3, 2010

'Transformers' extra has surgery, Toronto Sun, September 4, 2010

Transformers 3, IMDB

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Movie Actor Sylvester Stallone Says He Broke His Neck During Fight Scene, Chicagoworkerscompensationlawyerblog, January 9, 2010

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