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Disabled man stuck on ‘Small World’ Disneyland ride sues for $8,000

- The Washington Times - Wednesday, March 27, 2013

A quadriplegic man was awarded $8,000 after suing Disneyland for being stranded on a broken "It's A Small World" ride with the repetitive theme song blaring continuously.

"The music was blaring. They couldn't get it to go off," San Pedro resident Jose Martinez told CBS Los Angeles.

While he was stuck on the ride for more than 40 minutes, he suffered from dysreflexia, "a condition experienced by those with spinal cord injuries caused by stress and overstimulation," CBS reports. Dysreflexia can lead to a stroke or death. Apparently, other passengers were able to evacuate, but because of the location of Mr. Martinez's wheelchair, operators weren't able to immediately assist him

It was announced Tuesday by Mr. Martinez's lawyer that he had won the lawsuit against the theme park for $8,000.

Disneyland spokeswoman Suzi Brown said the park believes it provided appropriate assistance during the incident and is disappointed that the court did not fully agree, The Associated Press reported.

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