ORLANDO — A husband and wife are suing Walt Disney, alleging negligence for a rat bite suffered by the husband.

Galen and Carol Haldeman filed a complaint March 19 in Orange County Circuit Court against Walt Disney Parks and Resorts U.S. Inc. alleging failure to provide a safe environment for its guests.

According to the complaint, on April 4, 2014, Galen Haldeman was pushing his wife's wheelchair into the Buzz Lightyear souvenir shop when a rat jumped on the wheelchair. The suit says the rat was about to bite Carol Haldeman when Galen Haldeman tried to push it away. Instead, he says, the rat bit him, causing injured in and about his body and extremities, pain, medical expenses, mental anguish, and aggravation of a previously existing condition.

The suit says Disney said it would test the rat to see if it was carrying diseases but never did.

The suit alleges Carol Haldeman has lost of support, services, society, and consortium of her husband. 

The plaintiffs allege Walt Disney Parks and Resorts U.S. failed to keep its park clean and safe, failed to prevent rodents from inhabiting its premises, and failed to have the rodent tested for diseases as promised.

The Haldemans seek trial by jury and damages of more than $15,000. They are represented by attorney David W. Singer of David W. Singer and Associates PA in Hollywood.

Orange County Circuit Court case number 18-CA-2846

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