Disneyland employees laugh at a woman who died after falling off the road
Disneyland staff reportedly laughed at a 66-year-old disabled woman when she fell off the The Edge of the Jungle ride. Now, a new lawsuit alleges that she died five months later of septic shock as a result of that horrific incident.
The family of Joanne Aguilar filed a wrongful death lawsuit in Ventura County, California, several months ago and a judge has since been assigned earlier this month, according to the New York Post.
Lawsuit filed against Disneyland, Walt Disney Co. After a 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 obtained by the Post.
The family was initially 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 went to ride the Jungle Cruise, staff told her there was no wheelchair-accessible boat available, according to the Post.
The attraction has an ASA accessible boat which allows disabled people to board the ride without getting out of their wheelchairs.
Aguilar decided to go on a regular boat with her daughters, where Disneyland staff placed “small unsecured blocks” at the top of the boat’s steps to reduce the height of each stop.
The 66-year-old had difficulty picking them up, even with the help of her daughters.
No help from theme park staff, who were “spinning and laughing” as disabled woman fell
Notably absent from any aid efforts were Disneyland employees, who began “laughing and laughing” as they watched the disabled woman struggle.
Within seconds, Aguilar lost her balance on the steps before falling backwards, breaking her right femur. She would spend the next 10 days at a hospital before being transferred to a nearby rehabilitation center.
Aguilar was held at the Oxnard, California, facility for five months while she recovered. However, she eventually contracted an infection, which caused her to go into septic shock.
She died on January 29, 2022, according to the Post.
The lawsuit claims Aguilar died as a result of injuries she suffered in a fall at Disneyland, accusing the theme park of wrongful death and violating the Americans with Disabilities Act.
Family Lawsuit Claims Unspecified Damages, Claims Medical, Funeral Expenses and More…
Her family is now seeking unspecified monetary damages for medical expenses, funeral expenses, attorneys’ fees, as well as physical pain and humiliation.
Aguilar herself said that the incident left her feeling ashamed and embarrassed, as well as being “dehumanized” by the situation, before she filed the legal claims.
Aguilar’s family is seeking unspecified damages for physical pain, mental suffering, and humiliation, as well as medical expenses, funeral expenses and attorneys’ fees.
“My clients went to Disneyland hoping to create happy, lifelong memories and instead are left with the memory of a lack of dignity and respect for their mother that led to her eventual demise,” said a family law, Michael Jeandron.Orange County Register.
Disney has denied all allegations in several court filings, saying the company was not liable for Aguilar’s injuries.
The company went on to say that both the woman and her daughters were well aware of the dangers involved in multiple theme park rides.