Gabriela Cedillo suffered life-changing injuries during an accident on the set of Transformers 3 and in her family’s lawsuit against Paramount Pictures, RadarOnline.com has learned experts found stunt cars and props to be insufficiently fused.
“We’ve had experts look at all of the apparatus and it was clear from their evaluation that the welding that was done to secure the attachment point on the rear axle of the stunt car was completely inadequate,” Cedillo family attorney Todd A. Smith told RadarOnline.com in an exclusive interview.
“They didn’t create a proper fusion.”
As RadarOnline.com was first to report, Cedillo’s brother Adolfo Romo filed a lawsuit on October 5 against the production company citing negligence.
“Gabriela is still in the Rehab Institute of Chicago but she’s about to be released home so she can be taken in for outpatient physical and speech therapy,” Smith said.
“She’ll have to go in multiple times a week for extensive rehabilitation care. She continues to have paralysis issues on her left side.
“She certainly has several surgical procedures ahead of her. She wears a helmet when they try to get her on feet and actually wears it all the time to prevent further injury and with her balance problems she’d be susceptible to further injury.”
Cedillo was injured on September 1 while filming as an extra in Indiana for Transformers 3 when the cable towing one of the stunt cars came loose, whipping through her car window striking her in the head.
Smith told RadarOnline.com the family remains hopeful that justice will be served and that Cedillo will continue to make strides forward in her recovery.
“She’s able to verbalize now; she gets words out,” Smith said.
Although it’s too early in the lawsuit to predict the outcome, Smith is certain they have sufficient evidence proving negligence, but notes that Paramount is seeing it differently.
“I wouldn’t call them [Paramount] cooperative. They seek to call this a freak accident,” Smith said.
“They seem to think its okay to say, ‘Oh, we won’t do it again,’ but it shouldn’t have happened in the first place.”
Paramount Pictures had no comment when contacted by RadarOnline.com.