Nacho Cheese Leads to Disney Suit

Posted Feb 12th 2011 01:00 PMUpdated Feb 15th 2011 01:49 PM

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The parents of a 4-year-old California boy are suing Walt Disney Parks and Resorts claiming hot nacho cheese scalded and scarred their son during a visit to Walt Disney World.

Isaiah Harris suffered "permanent scarring, pain and suffering" as a result of the burns, according to the suit, which seeks medical cost and punitive damages for emotional distress.

The boy's parent, Michael and Maria Harris of Chula Vista. Calif., are also seeking damages saying they suffered "serious emotional distress."

The family says the incident occured in March at Cosmic Ray's Starlite Cafe in Tomorrowland at Disney's Magic Kingdom theme park in Florida. They claim a paper cup with scalding cheese splashed on the child's face when he grabbed a food tray.

"The cheese should not have been that hot," says Sean Cahill, the family's attorney.

Disney released a statement saying that the company is reviewing the lawsuit but is saddened by the child's injuries. "It is unfortunate when any child is hurt."

This is the second suit against a Disney park this week. In the other case, a quadriplegic man claims that he was stuck in the "It's a Small World" ride for 40 minutes at Disneyland in California, and that there was no way to evacuate him in his wheelchair. He is suing for negligence and emotional distress.



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Sparkles

European System - LOSER PAYS. If these bottom feeders bring an unfounded suit they are forced to pay whatever costs were incurred by the other side to defend against frivilous lawsuits. it also puts some of the responsibility on the lawyers who try to work the American system. They know it is often cheaper for a big company like Disney to just settle out of court than to go through a lengthy trial.

February 13 2011 at 10:37 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
avl14

40 MIN. STUCK IN ITS A SMALL WORLD RIDE , JUST PAY THE MAN HE WILL NEVER BE RIGHT AGAIN.

February 13 2011 at 12:28 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
lee

they had to water the cheese down for it to splash .My son is 12 i dont let him carry full food trays or any thing hot.parents are to blame

February 13 2011 at 8:49 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Dan nolan

It is unlikely that a judge or court decision will find Disney negligent and award a lot of money to the suers. However, it is my opinion that it will never go to court and the Disney lawyers will offer the family an out of court settlement to keep it all quiet. So----they will have won, the lawyers will have won, and the public will see an increase in admission prices to cover it. Its all about money!

February 13 2011 at 6:50 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Karen

I think it is about time that parents start being held accountable for watching their own children. It is too easy in this country to put blame on someone else and then make money in the process. The only thing that Disney should have to pay for is any medical bills and THAT IS IT!!! The parents are at fault for not watching their child, so take the blame like you should. The cheese from nachos is hot, or didn't they know that?

February 13 2011 at 3:21 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Lenore

What has happened to common decency and common sense? The lawyers who take these cases. Anything to make money! The parents who are looking to make a bundle. What a world we live in today.

February 13 2011 at 12:57 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
kjnusa

Guess I grew up in the wrong era. My parents should have sued the manufacturer every timeI crashed my bikes when I was little. I could be driving a Porsche by now.
I can't understand why someone else has to be held resposible for one's own neglect.
Look at it as another learning experience instead of filing a ridicilous, frivolous lawsuit. Hopefully the judge will throw it out and slap the parents with a fine for not properly supervising their child.
This is appalling, to say the least...

February 13 2011 at 12:50 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Melissa

Wow, Really? Yet another bogus law suit. I can't believe that people would be so greedy. To the parent's," Watch you child better". Bet that kid get's his own food's at home as well. And to the quadriplegic man, your in a wheelchair and anyone with a half a brain shoud know poop happens. If you didn't like getting stuck, then don't climb on the ride. Because Disney or any other ride can't help malfunctions. Poop Happen's. Just get over it. I am not saying that because you are in a wheelchair that you shouldn't go on rides. I am just saying to be Prepaired, because poop does happen.

February 13 2011 at 12:50 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
chckpope

Melted cheese is hot, go figure. What kind of parents give their kids hot food and don't warn them to be careful? Is there no personal responsibility anymore?

February 13 2011 at 12:40 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
richiej

I knew a guy who popped the light bulb out above the stairs at a swank hotel...threw himself down the stairs & sued for 250,000. And now this. How perfectly pathetic. I hope Disney fights it out & shames the family right out of court.

February 13 2011 at 12:38 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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