(CNN) -- Actress Rosie Perez claims in a lawsuit filed Wednesday that she was severely injured while taping an episode of "Law & Order Special Victims Unit" in 2009.
The production company "failed to utilize skilled performers or experienced stunt personnel" for a scene in which her character was violently shaken by a school crossing guard, the suit filed in a New York court charged.
She was "negligently, carelessly, violently and recklessly pulled, grabbed, yanked, wrenched and/or manhandled" by an extra actor who played the guard, it said.
Perez suffered "severe and permanent injuries" during the filming, the suit said. Her lawyer said she underwent two surgeries for a herniated disc.
Perez, 46, is known for her 1989 acting debut in Spike Lee's "Do the Right Thing," and in the 1992 film "White Men Can't Jump."
The producers of "Law & Order Special Victims Unit" did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
A spokesman for NBC, the network that airs the crime drama, declined comment.
CNN's Rachel Wells contributed to this report.