The lawsuit filed against the producers of the film "Transformers 3" on behalf of Gabriela Cedillo, who was left permanently brain damaged after an accident during the filming of a stunt, is still moving ahead.
But the Indiana Occupational Safety and Health Administration cleared the producers of violating workplace safety rules, the Chicago Tribune reported. The state agency called the accident "unforeseeable" last Wednesday and will not fine the production company, according to IOSHA spokesman Marc Lotter:
"IOSHA investigators believe the accident occurred due to the failure of a weld connecting a car to a tow cable. The weld was made by a certified welder and all necessary safety precautions were in place."
Chicago-based Metal distributor Ryerson Inc., which oversaw the welding of a cable attached to a stunt car, also is named as a defendant in the suit. Needless to say, Illinois injury lawyer Todd Smith was not happy with the agency's statement:
"[IOSHA] must not have looked very closely at the welds and the brackets. The welds were poor at best. It's really sad these kinds of conclusions are reached in such a slipshod way."
Aspiring actor Gabriela Cedillo was working as an extra during the filming of a stunt in Hammond, Indiana when a cable welded to a stunt car snapped and crashed through the windshield of her car, fracturing her skull and damaging her brain.
Todd Smith told NBC Chicago that he believed the accident was absolutely foreseeable because of what he described as a sub-par welding job. Mechanical engineer Chris Farrone, an expert witness working with Todd Smith, said the weld was "superficial" and lacked the proper strength needed to prevent its breakage.
If you believe another party is responsible for an incident causing injury to you or a family member, consider meeting with Chicago injury lawyers to review your legal options.