A family plans to sue Walt Disney Parks and Resorts after they say their 4-year-old son was badly burned by the food he was eating at Magic Kingdom.
In a lawsuit, filed in a California District Court on Wednesday, the parents of Isaiah Harris, 4, said he suffered second- and third-degree burns, claiming, "the nacho cheese was scalding hot."
Attorney Sean Cahill said Isaiah somehow spilled the nachos on himself when trying to eat dinner during a visit to the Magic Kingdom's Tomorrowland on March 17, 2010. It was the family's first trip to Walt Disney World in Orlando, and Cahill said the family had dinner at Cosmic Ray's Starlite Cafe.
"Typically, to cause the type of burns that Isaiah experienced, the nacho cheese would have had to have been at least 160 degrees Fahrenheit," said Cahill, who admits he does not know the exact temperature of the cheese at the time.
However, Cahill said Isaiah was treated at an Orlando-area hospital immediately after being burned. He said the boy is still receiving treatment for his burns 11 months later.
The question remains: Why is Disney responsible for the burns and not his parents?
"I think the parents, like the child, like any reasonable person, would have an expectation of food being served to children would be served at a reasonable temperature," said Cahill.
Cahill also said the nachos did not come with any warning of their temperature.
The family alleges Disney never took their son's injuries seriously.
"It's unfortunate when any child is injured. We just received notice of this lawsuit and we're currently reviewing it," Disney said in a statement.
When asked whether there have been any other cases of children being burned by nacho cheese at Disney, Cahill replied that he is not aware of other incidents.
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