Tourist blames Walt Disney for injuries

By Jenie Mallari-Torres | Feb 20, 2018

ORLANDO — A Pinellas County woman who requires a scooter to move about is suing Walt Disney Parks and Resorts, alleging negligence caused her injuries.

Natalie Salerno filed a complaint Feb. 1 in Orange County Circuit Court against Walt Disney Parks and Resorts US Inc. and Disney Vacation Development Inc., alleging failure to provide a safe environment for its business invitees.

According to the complaint, on Dec. 7, 2017, Salerno was at Disney's Contemporary Resort, trying to move from her scooter to a DVD transport vehicle. The suit says Salerno fell while trying to get into the vehicle.

Salerno says she sustained bodily injury, resulting in pain and suffering, disability, disfigurement, scarring, mental anguish and aggravation of previous existing condition. The suit says Disney employees negligently failed to properly assist the handicapped plaintiff. 

The plaintiff alleges the defendants failed to provide a handicap accessible transport vehicle, failed to train its employees regarding transport protocol for handicapped guests and failed to render aid to the plaintiff after her incident.

Salerno seeks trial by jury, judgment in excess of $15,000, plus interest and costs. She is represented by attorney Varun Ramnarine of Morgan & Morgan PA in Orlando.

Orange County Circuit Court case number 18-CA-1189

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