A guest staying at Disney’s Art of Animation Resort filed a suit against Disney alleging her foot was ran over by a food cart pushed by a cast member in the Art Animation Food Court – Landscapes of Flavor causing permanent nerve damage.
According to Courtroom View Network, a jury found Disney Parks and Resorts 40% liable for the accident that left Jessica Wilson with a rare nerve disorder. Wilson’s lawyer’s request over $11 million in damages and $4.4 million to cover future medical costs. Wilson was awarded just under $24,000 of the original $59,840 requested.
Wilson’s lawyers told jurors that a food cart pushed by a Cast Member ran overs Wilson’s food as she turned around from a condiment station which has caused longstanding damage.
During Wednesday’s closings, Tyrone told jurors the cart, pushed by an unidentified Disney employee, ran over Wilson’s foot as she turned around from a condiment station. Tyrone said Disney employees who testified agreed that workers should push the carts slowly and yield the right-of-way to guests. “Every Disney employee said, ‘If it happened the way she says it happened, then [the worker was] violating the rules,” Tyrone told jurors.
Excerpts from CVN:
“The defense challenged Wilson’s version of events, noting it had changed over time. During Wednesday’s closings, Wicker Smith’s Kurt Spengler told jurors that Wilson originally maintained the wheel ran over her foot twice. However, Spengler said that contention changed when experts testified how difficult it would be to push the wheel over Wilson’s foot even once. “Here we are six years later. [Plaintiffs] are in court asking for millions of dollars, and now here’s the story that’s made to fit the picture after hearing what the engineers say isn’t possible.”
And Spengler challenged the severity of Wilson’s injury, arguing that CRPS expert Dr. Richard Rauck testified her symptoms did not match the disease. “Now Mrs. Wilson says, ‘You know what? Twenty-eight days a month my foot looks completely normal,’” Spengler said, referring to discoloration and swelling seen in CRPS. “Guess what? That’s not CRPS, then. Because that’s not what happens.”