Disneyland Pays $100,000 To Guest Reportedly Bitten By Bedbugs
A guest who stayed at the Disneyland Hotel back in 2018 is getting a payout of $100,000 in emotional and physical damages after reportedly getting bitten by bedbugs at the Disneyland Resort property.
According to a recent piece in the LA Times, the lawsuit was filed by Ivy Eldridge after an April 2018 visit to the park with family members.
It is reported that representatives of the Walt Disney Company agreed to settle the case rather than pay for costly litigation. However, they also go on to say that the all three of Disneyland’s onsite properties employ experts (including entomologists) to avoid bedbug infestations at their properties.
“We have robust preventative measures in place so that our guests are comfortable and safe during their hotel stays,” a Disney spokesperson said.
We know that the settlement was reached back in March but that damages were only awarded after the last few days. The lawsuit was filed in Los Angeles County Superior Court asking for punitive damages as well as damages for physical and mental suffering.
Brian Virag, an Encino, California attorney representing Eldridge said, “Bedbugs don’t discriminate; they are found in hotels of all quality levels throughout the country and worldwide.” The attorney, who specializes in bedbug lawsuits, continued, “Bedbug infestations are perhaps the most serious issue facing the hotel industry because of the harm they can do to a hotel’s reputation and brand.”
According to the lawsuit Eldridge suffered from sleepless nights, emotional and mental distress and also physical conditions associated with distress. Photos were submitted into evidence that shows red marks on Eldridge’s shoulders, neck, back and ears.
Disney settled the suit before it went to a jury.
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Source: LA Times Image: CDC