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Disneyland Jungle Cruise crash led to death, lawsuit alleges

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One lawsuit alleges that Disneyland employees laughed at a disabled woman struggling to get off a Jungle Cruise boat before she fell and broke her leg, leading to 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. On Nov. 29, Disney denied the allegations and said it is seeking a jury trial, the newsgroup reported. According to the lawsuit, Aguilar left for Disneyland on August 22, 2021, with her adult daughters Andrea Mallul and Zenobia Hernandez. board with the help of the daughters. At the end of the tour, officials “placed small, unsecured blocks on top of existing steps inside the boat to reduce the height of each step” and the daughters tried to help Aguilar out of the boat, says the lawsuit. He claims officials were unhelpful but laughed and laughed as they watched Aguilar struggle before losing his footing on the blocks, falling backwards and fracturing the femur in his right leg. Aguilar underwent surgery at a local hospital where she spent 10 days before moving to a rehabilitation centre. According to the lawsuit, she spent five months at the center, contracted an infection, had septic shock, and died on January 29, 2022. The lawsuit alleges wrongful death and violation of the Americans with Disabilities Act. She seeks monetary compensation 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.

One lawsuit alleges that Disneyland employees laughed at a disabled woman who struggled to get off a Jungle Cruise boat before falling and breaking her leg, leading to 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.

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In a response filed with the court on Dec. 29, Disney denied the allegations and said it was seeking a jury trial, the newsgroup reported.

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

The lawsuit says that Disneyland employees on the Jungle Cruise told the family that a wheelchair-accessible boat was not available, and Aguilar opted to board with the help of his daughters.

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

He claims officials were unhelpful but laughed and laughed as they watched Aguilar struggle before losing his footing on the blocks, falling backwards and fracturing the femur in his right leg.

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

The lawsuit alleges wrongful death and violation of the Americans with Disabilities Act. Seeks monetary compensation 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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