Quadriplegic Sues Disney: Stranded on 'Small World' Ride

| Saturday, March 5, 2011 | |
by Erin Skarda

A quadriplegic man is suing Disneyland after being stranded on the "It's A Small World" ride for more than 40 minutes during an evacuation.

Jose Martinez is suing the "Happiest Place on Earth" for negligence, emotional distress and liability, claiming that after the famous ride stalled, Disney staff evacuated other passengers, while leaving him and his wife behind.

The lawsuit, which was filed in U.S. District Court by the Disability Rights Legal Center on behalf of Martinez, claims that Disney violated the Americans with Disabilities Act by not having proper procedures in place to evacuate disabled passengers. Martinez also alleges that Disney staffers refused to call the paramedics after the stress of the situation caused his blood pressure to rise.



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