disneyland Workers reportedly laughed at a 66-year-old disabled woman as she fell off the ground jungle cruise Journey. Now a new lawsuit claims she died five months later of septic shock as a result of that fateful incident.
Joanne Aguilar’s family filed the wrongful death lawsuit in Ventura County, California a few months ago and has since been assigned to a judge earlier this month, the authorities said New York Post.
Lawsuit filed against Disneyland, Walt Disney Co., after disabled woman died from falling off a ride
The lawsuit names the Walt Disney Company, its theme park division and Disneyland as defendants.
Aguilar reportedly visited the Anaheim amusement park back in August 2021 along with her two adult daughters, Andrea Maullul and Zenobia Hernandez, according to the complaint received by the Post.
The family had originally been given a wheelchair by park officials, as Aguilar was recovering from an unrelated knee injury at the time of the fatal fall.
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However, when Aguilar drove to the jungle cruise, staff told her that a wheelchair-accessible boat was not available, according to the Post.
The attraction in question has an ASA accessible boat that allows people with disabilities to board without having to get out of their wheelchairs.
Aguilar decided to ride a standard boat with her daughters, with Disneyland staff placing “small unsecured blocks” on the boat’s steps to lower the height of each stop.
The 66-year-old struggled to climb it, even with the help of her daughters.
No help from amusement park staff, who “giggled and giggled” as the disabled woman fell
Notably absent from any relief efforts were Disneyland workers, who began “giggling and giggling” as they watched the disabled woman struggle.
Within seconds, Aguilar lost her balance on the steps before falling backwards, fracturing her right femur. She ended up spending the next 10 days in a hospital before being transferred to a nearby rehabilitation center.
Aguilar was held at the Oxnard, California facility for five months when she recovered. Eventually, however, she contracted an infection that caused septic shock.
According to the Post, she died on January 29, 2022.
The lawsuit alleges that Aguilar died as a result of her fall at Disneyland and charges the theme park with wrongful death and violation of the Americans with Disabilities Act.
Lawsuit filed by family claiming unspecified damages, medical expenses, funeral expenses and more…
Her family is now seeking unspecified damages for medical expenses, funeral expenses, legal fees, and physical pain and humiliation.
Aguilar herself said the incident left her shamed and embarrassed and “dehumanized” by the situation before filing the lawsuit claims.
Aguilar’s family is seeking unspecified damages for physical pain, mental suffering and humiliation, as well as all medical, funeral and attorney’s fees.
“My clients went to Disneyland hoping to create lifelong happy memories and are instead left with memories of a lack of dignity and respect for their mother, which ultimately led to her eventual death,” said family attorney Michael Jeandrone the Orange County Registry.
Disney has denied each allegation in multiple lawsuits, claiming that the company is not liable for Aguilar’s injuries.
The company went on to say that both the woman and her daughters were already aware of the dangers associated with various amusement park rides.
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