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Lawsuit Claims Woman’s Death Was Due to Disneyland Fall

A lawsuit claims Disneyland employees laughed at a disabled woman who was struggling to get off a Jungle Cruise boat before she fell and broke her leg, resulting in her death from an infection five months later. The lawsuit was filed in federal court in November by the family of Joanne Aguilar, 66, of Ventura, against the Walt Disney Company, its theme park division and Disneyland, the Southern California News Group reported this week. In a response filed with the court on December 29, Disney denied the allegations and said it is seeking a jury trial, the news group reported. According to the lawsuit, Aguilar went to Disneyland on August 22, 2021 with her adult daughters Andrea Mallul and Zenobia Hernandez. The lawsuit says Disneyland employees at the Jungle Cruise told the family a wheelchair-accessible boat was not available and Aguilar opted to board with the help of her daughters. At the end of the trip, the employees “placed small unsecured blocks on top of the existing steps inside the boat to the height of each step” and the daughters attempted to help Aguilar out of the boat, the lawsuit says. backwards and fractured the femur in her right leg. Aguilar underwent surgery at a local hospital where she spent 10 days before moving to a rehabilitation center. According to the lawsuit, she spent five months at the facility, contracted an infection, suffered septic shock, and died on January 29, 2022. The lawsuit alleges wrongful death and violation of the Americans with Disabilities Act. She seeks money damages for pain, mental suffering, humiliation, medical costs, and funeral expenses. The case was assigned this month to US District Judge Cormac Carney in the Santa Ana courthouse.

A lawsuit claims Disneyland employees laughed at a disabled woman who was struggling to get off a Jungle Cruise boat before she fell and broke her leg, resulting in her death from an infection five months later.

The lawsuit was filed in federal court in November by the family of Joanne Aguilar, 66, of Ventura, against the Walt Disney Company, its theme park division and Disneyland, the Southern California News Group reported this week.

In a response filed with the court on December 29, Disney denied the allegations and said it is seeking a jury trial, the news group reported.

According to the lawsuit, Aguilar went to Disneyland on Aug. 22, 2021, with her adult daughters Andrea Mallul and Zenobia Hernandez.

The lawsuit says Disneyland employees at the Jungle Cruise told the family there was no wheelchair-accessible boat available and that Aguilar chose to board with the help of her daughters.

At the end of the trip, the employees “placed small unsecured blocks on top of the existing steps inside the boat to reduce the height of each step” and the daughters attempted to help Aguilar out of the boat, the lawsuit says.

He claims the employees were unhelpful but laughed and laughed as they watched Aguilar struggle before he lost his balance on the blocks, fell backwards and fractured his right leg femur.

Aguilar underwent surgery at a local hospital where she spent 10 days before moving to a rehabilitation center. According to the lawsuit, she spent five months at the center, contracted an infection, suffered septic shock, and died on January 29, 2022.

The lawsuit alleges wrongful death and violation of the Americans with Disabilities Act. Seek money damages for pain, mental suffering, humiliation, medical costs, and funeral expenses.

The case was assigned this month to US District Judge Cormac Carney in the Santa Ana courthouse.

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