'Transformers 3' Stunt Victim Sues Studios

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Tuesday, October 5th, 2010 9:33PM CDT

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Various news agencies are reporting that the "Transformers 3" extra who suffered brain damage in a grisly on-set accident just slapped Paramount and DreamWorks studios with a lawsuit for negligence.

A lawsuit filed Tuesday claims a 24-year-old Chicago woman injured during filming of the "Transformers 3" movie last month in northwest Indiana has suffered serious, permanent brain damage.
The accident happened Sept. 1 on a vacated portion of Cline Avenue in Hammond, Ind. Filming was being done with stunt vehicles in some of lanes of traffic while extras were driving their own cars in other lanes, a release from the law firm of Power Rogers & Smith said.


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Re: 'Transformers 3' Stunt Victim Sues Studios (1132037)
Posted by SLUGSLINGER81 on October 5th, 2010 @ 9:53pm CDT
Re: 'Transformers 3' Stunt Victim Sues Studios (1132040)
Posted by Anonymous on October 5th, 2010 @ 10:03pm CDT
Can't say I didn't see that coming.
Re: 'Transformers 3' Stunt Victim Sues Studios (1132043)
Posted by NuclearConvoy on October 5th, 2010 @ 10:32pm CDT
The question is, wouldn't a movie studio make an extra sign a waiver if they were going to be involved in a sequence where there might be stunts?
Re: 'Transformers 3' Stunt Victim Sues Studios (1132044)
Posted by 5150 Cruiser on October 5th, 2010 @ 10:34pm CDT
Other than her medical bills and time off work paid, I hope she gets nothing more. Sorry if that sounds cruel, but there's an inherit risk when being an extra when vehicles and debris are flying around you.
Re: 'Transformers 3' Stunt Victim Sues Studios (1132045)
Posted by Bumblevivisector on October 5th, 2010 @ 10:36pm CDT
Yeah, what else can you say except...

GO-GO, POW-ER RO-GERS!!!

Yeah, sorry, I'll shut up now...
Re: 'Transformers 3' Stunt Victim Sues Studios (1132046)
Posted by NuclearConvoy on October 5th, 2010 @ 10:37pm CDT
Bumblevivisector wrote:Yeah, what else can you say except...

GO-GO, POW-ER RO-GERS!!!

Yeah, sorry, I'll shut up now...


I'm a horrible person for finding that hilarious.
Re: 'Transformers 3' Stunt Victim Sues Studios (1132049)
Posted by vulgar_wraith on October 5th, 2010 @ 10:41pm CDT
This happens all the time thats why they have insurance companies.Insurance will pay most the cost.People sign waiver but doesn't seem to mean anything if you can hire a lawyer these days.
Re: 'Transformers 3' Stunt Victim Sues Studios (1132052)
Posted by Colinus Maximus on October 5th, 2010 @ 10:51pm CDT
I don't remember all the wording in the paperwork from the Milwaukee casting call I went to, but I do remember that driving your own vehicle in a scene was definitely an opt in or out option.
Re: 'Transformers 3' Stunt Victim Sues Studios (1132062)
Posted by Novawave on October 6th, 2010 @ 12:05am CDT
My one Concern would be the extent of brain damage she suffered.

I don`t personaly care about the monitary loses of dreakworks or paramount.
i certainly hope the damage is not severe.

my thoughts go with her.
Re: 'Transformers 3' Stunt Victim Sues Studios (1132074)
Posted by Jap on October 6th, 2010 @ 1:42am CDT
She needs to muscle up.
Everyone is out for a dollar, i'd like to say i'm surprised this happened, but i'm not.
Re: 'Transformers 3' Stunt Victim Sues Studios (1132075)
Posted by griftimus prime on October 6th, 2010 @ 1:45am CDT
if she has brain damage. how can she file a law suit?
Re: 'Transformers 3' Stunt Victim Sues Studios (1132082)
Posted by Screamfleet on October 6th, 2010 @ 2:26am CDT
NuclearConvoy wrote:The question is, wouldn't a movie studio make an extra sign a waiver if they were going to be involved in a sequence where there might be stunts?


That's exactly the issue. She wasn't suppose to be involved in the stunt. She was in a car. If she was injured by like, another extra in a running crowd scene. Too bad, that's what the waiver covers. You were well aware you would be running in a crowd next to other people. You can't sue the guy that knocked you over, or the studio.
It might say "even if you die, you agree not to sue"
It's obvious something went wrong and things did not go as planned. She was not suppose to be involved in the stunt.
We'd have to see what the waiver actually says. Regardless, this isn't a frivolous lawsuit.

One thing she wont be able to do, is stop the scene from being used. A lawsuit with a waiver is going to be about negligence. It happens. However, if they want to used the shoot, which contains her injury. Good luck stopping that. Paramont could have had all kinds of waivers, but the release form an extra signs. You sign over it all to the studio. Any funny little thing you do in the background, any involvement, you get your 1 time paycheck, that's it.
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Posted by Ravage XK on October 6th, 2010 @ 2:35am CDT
She wasnt directly involved in the stunt so wouldnt expect to be in harms way. Of course accidents do happen and I feel sorry for her.

Even if she had filled in some form signing away all her rights and claims then I would still expect the studio/production to support her with everything she needs to have as normal a life as possible after a life changing event that was in no way her fault.
Re: 'Transformers 3' Stunt Victim Sues Studios (1132118)
Posted by Mr_Xevoz on October 6th, 2010 @ 4:58am CDT
Jap wrote:She needs to muscle up.
Everyone is out for a dollar, i'd like to say i'm surprised this happened, but i'm not.


But she wasn't supposed to be involved in the stunt. It was a terrible accident, but I don't think she should be blamed for suing them.
Re: 'Transformers 3' Stunt Victim Sues Studios (1132128)
Posted by Lord Grimlock on October 6th, 2010 @ 6:04am CDT
i dont feel sorry for her hope she reads the forums at seibertron.com thats the price she pays for being an extra i dont feel one bit of sympathy
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Posted by NuclearConvoy on October 6th, 2010 @ 6:44am CDT
I am AMAZED at the serious asshattery going on here. I don't believe the studio should be entirely liable, but not feeling sympathy for someone who was hurt in a horrible accident is a serious act of douchebaggery. Id like to assert that I have NOTHING to do with these people.
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Posted by Mr_Xevoz on October 6th, 2010 @ 7:04am CDT
NuclearConvoy wrote:I am AMAZED at the serious asshattery going on here. I don't believe the studio should be entirely liable, but not feeling sympathy for someone who was hurt in a horrible accident is a serious act of douchebaggery. Id like to assert that I have NOTHING to do with these people.


Indeed. I have a motto I usually abide to, "Forums are the Devil, stay away from them at all costs." This just shows me that it holds true.
Re: 'Transformers 3' Stunt Victim Sues Studios (1132146)
Posted by NuclearConvoy on October 6th, 2010 @ 7:07am CDT
griftimus prime wrote:if she has brain damage. how can she file a law suit?


If her brain damage isnt crippling she could file, and if it is crippling, whoever has her Power of Attourney can file on her behalf
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Posted by D-340 on October 6th, 2010 @ 8:04am CDT
NuclearConvoy wrote:I am AMAZED at the serious asshattery going on here. I don't believe the studio should be entirely liable, but not feeling sympathy for someone who was hurt in a horrible accident is a serious act of douchebaggery. Id like to assert that I have NOTHING to do with these people.


QFT. And I wanna add, I bet if this were any other flick, everyone would be screamin' "SUE,SUE,SUE!, F@#$ HOLLYWOOD!" But being that it's Transformers, they all turn into ignorant douche canoes. The extra's doin' what she feels she needs to do. Yeah, it was a freak accident, but she wasn't supposed to be directly involved in the stunt. Someone's gotta be liable.
Re: 'Transformers 3' Stunt Victim Sues Studios (1132167)
Posted by dragons on October 6th, 2010 @ 8:12am CDT
dont need to ses spychic to see that coming, i dont know how story ended but someone died on batman darknight set not sue if they got sued but moslty when i hear people sueing i hate it you look at my car funny im suing you most of these sueing cases happen on judge judy that should not even be considerd taking sue action against this one i dont know

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