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'Transformers 3'

Injured Extra Gets

$18 Million Settlement

5/23/2012 10:05 AM PDT UPDATED: 5/23/2012 1:45 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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The 26-year-old movie extra who was critically injured during a stunt for "Transformers 3" will receive an $18.5 million settlement from producers.

Gabriela Cedillo had sued Paramount Pictures and DreamWorks Studios after she suffered a serious head injury during a stunt-gone-wrong in Indiana on Sept. 1, 2010.

Cedillo was driving her own car in the background of an action sequence ... when something went terribly wrong.

According to people on the set, a stunt car was being pulled by another car ... when the cable between the two vehicles snapped and whipped around ... slicing through Cedillo's windshield and striking her in the head.

Cedillo was airlifted to a nearby hospital where she underwent emergency surgery ... but the damage to her brain is permanent.

According to Cedillo's lawsuit, obtained by NBCChicago.com, Paramount and DreamWorks originally promised to cover medical costs ... which soared past the $350k mark ... only to do "everything they could to avoid payment."

But it seems the studios have stepped up with the cash -- and now a judge has signed off on the settlement.

Following the crash, the incident was investigated by Indiana safety officials ... who determined the studios did not violate any of their operational standards.

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4:35 PM PT -- A rep for Paramount tells TMZ, "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."

1:45 PM PT
-- Cedillo's people just released a photo of the 26-year-old following a recent surgery ... pretty gnarly.

Gabriela Cedillo injured.

42 COMMENTS

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1.

DaveT    

Good, movie studios have an obligation to go to great lengths to ensure the people on the set are safe. Brain damage is a terrible thing, she deserves the money.

791 days ago
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Jay W.     

"damage to her brain is permanent."

Sorry to hear that.

791 days ago
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the_truth_hurts    

good for her, these places make millions in profit and they can write it off on their insurance....maybe she can lend me fiddy bucks

791 days ago
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LasVegasResidency    

This is fair. Where do I sign up to be an extra?

791 days ago
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Keifus E Mathews    

That was the right thing to do...Get well Ms. You're in my prayers...

791 days ago
6.

Jac    

This is a great example of a legitimate lawsuit. Good luck to her.

791 days ago
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KittyKittyKitty    

Yikes! A drop in the bucket!

791 days ago
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jeff    

Sad to hear about the brain damage. One would have to have serious brain damage to watch those crappy movies. I had a good buzz and tried to watch the first one and it lasted about 20 to 30 minutes. Transformers are stupid. All stupid special effects with no solid story. I don't get it.

791 days ago
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Carl    

Stunt doubles are paid a lot of money BECAUSE the work is dangerous. I feel bad for her, but this is the risk you take in that field and you shouldn't get 18 million because something bad happens.

791 days ago
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Clyde T.M. Nestra    

It's easy to picture the suits reneging on their promise because paying her bills would imply they were somehow responsible. Guess what? The court decided they were! to the tune of 18 mil and that in less than two years----these things often drag on for years. Happy to hear she's getting the money, but would not trade places with her. No mention of the extent of the brain damage, but based on the sum, one expects it's pretty bad.

791 days ago
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KnuckleDragger    

She's 26 now...so if she lived another 60 years that would be $300,000 a year until she was 86. Existential of her mental reality...never having to work another day for the rest of her life...I'd say she hit the lottery.


I wish her good luck.

791 days ago
12.

brad    

One thing I sometimes worry about driving at night on the East Coast is hitting a freakin' DEER.

Check out this story about an accident on a two lane highway road. One car hits the deer. The deer flies through the air and into another car's windshield. It obviously freaked him out bad so he went off the road and hit a tree and it killed him. Talk about being in the wrong place at the wrong time! What are the odds? This sounds like something from a horror movie.

http://www.wwaytv3.com/video/2012/05/single-deer-causes-two-accidents-one-death-nc-53

791 days ago
13.

O_o    

im sorry that cedillo has brain damage...but, isn't that an occupational hazard? isn't this why the actors/actresses don't do these stunts themselves? i don't want brain damage, so i sit behind a desk all day...ya followin my logic here?

791 days ago
14.

Superman    

I hate these states that kiss movie companies' asses out of fear that they won't come back to their state to make another movie. The studios obviously screwed-up in safety standards.

791 days ago
15.

Kamdan    

Where's my $18 million for brain damage caused by this movies? In fact, I should be entitled to more, since all three of the films made my brain suffer!

791 days ago
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