A California family who had filed a lawsuit against Walt Disney Parks and Resorts after their son was badly burned by scolding nacho cheese, which spilled on him during the family’s visit to Magic Kingdom, is considering a settlement. Court filings show that the parents of Isaiah Harris, 4, have asked the court to approve a $50,000 settlement that they have reached with the defendant.
The proposed settlement, which is still pending court approval, explained that his parents paid $483.00 for medical treatment after the injury. The documents also show that Isaiah has made a full recovery from the effects of the injuries, that he has suffered no permanent injuries and will not require further treatment. Isaiah will receive $33,000 from the settlement, while his parents will receive $17,000, and the family’s injury attorneys have asked for 33 percent of these amounts. If the settlement is approved, the minor’s portion will be invested so that he receives additional funds in 2023, when he turns eighteen years old. The settlement amount is believed to be less than what it would have cost Walt Disney Parks and Resorts to defend the lawsuit in a jury trial.
The parents filed the lawsuit in California District Court on behalf of their minor son, claiming the child suffered second and third-degree burns from hot nacho cheese that he somehow spilled on himself, while trying to eat dinner during their visit to the Magic Kingdom’s Tomorrowland. The family reportedly ate dinner at Cosmic Ray’s Starlite Café. Isaiah was treated for burns at an Orlando-area hospital and required treatment eleven months following the incident. The family claimed food came without any warning of hot temperature and that Disney failed to take their son’s injuries seriously.
An Orlando injury lawyer can provide guidance if you have been injured while visiting one of the many theme parks in Florida.