As an aspiring actress, all she wanted was to be an extra in a movie. Instead, a 26 year-old Chicago woman was left brain-damaged and paralyzed after an injury sustained while working as an extra cast member for the Transformers franchise caused her to lose about a third of the top of her skull and a large part of the right side of her brain.
As a result, this week a Cook County Circuit Court Judge entered an order approving settlement for the Chicago personal injury claim to the tune of $18.5 million. The Chicago Tribune reports that at the time of the accident, the victim was a 24 year-old bank teller and Morton College student who dreamed of becoming an actress, and was about to close on her first home. She signed up to be an extra in the third film, Transformers: Dark of the Moon, filmed around the Chicago area in late summer of 2010. She was to be paid minimum wage, plus $25 a day to drive her own car in a scene being shot on a closed-off road. Instead, after a tragic accident on set, she has since undergone multiple surgeries and extended rehab because she is partially paralyzed and partially blind, and requires 24-hour care.
The defendants in the case were two top Hollywood film studios, makers of the high-grossing Transformers franchise, reported the Chicago Tribune. Paramount Pictures, the American film and television production conglomerate, and DreamWorks film studio owned by Viacom (parent of Paramount Pictures), were held liable for negligently allowing the accident to happen on the set of their movie.
Illinois premises liability law is a substantial branch of Illinois personal injury law that allows victims to recover after they have been injured on property under control of another person or company, and the negligence of the property administrator was the cause of that harm. In order to apply to a set of circumstances, premises liability law requires a number of factors to be satisfied: the defendant must be the owner or possessor of the land, or “premises” – in this case, the defendants are the film companies because they were responsible for maintaining the film set and ensuring that accidents didn’t occur on the premises. Additionally, the person or persons on the land of another must be injured by negligence or a different wrongful act; in this particular situation, the corporation had a duty to maintain the site.
Our Illinois personal injury lawyers have handled numerous cases and recovered millions of dollars in verdicts and settlements for the families of victims who were wrongfully injured or killed because of someone else’s negligence. In fact, our attorneys obtained a $1.2 million premises liability settlement for a Mundelein handy man who was seriously injured while working for the defendant. The defendant was aware of the unsafe conditions on her propery but failed to remedy the conditions or warn or prohibit the plaintiff from accessing the area.
If you or a loved one have been injured on the land of another because of the landowner’s negligence, contact an attorney to discuss your rights under the law. You may be entitled to compensation for your suffering.