A woman who claimed that bedbugs “sucked her blood until they were gorged” has finally received a payout after her nightmare stay at a Disney hotel, it has been reported.
Dr. Ivy Eldridge has been handed $100,000 (£80,000) to settle her lawsuit after she alleged that she suffered from physical damage after staying at the Disneyland Hotel in Anaheim, California.
She claimed that she was left with a severe rash after waking up with bedbug bites all over her body and was left needing expensive medical treatment after her trip in April 2018.
Dr. Eldridge, who is a vice principal at a school in California, said that staff failed to tell her about the infestation, despite them reportedly being aware that there was an issue before she had arrived.
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According to the suit filed in Los Angeles County Superior Court, she “endured many sleepless nights and much emotional and mental distress, coupled with other physical conditions associated with severe mental and emotional distress”.
Four years after her painful ordeal, the Disneyland Hotel has agreed to pay Dr. Eldridge following her traumatic experience, reports TMZ.
Her attorney Brian Virag, from MyBedBugLawyer, Inc., slammed the hotels’ response to the bedbugs at the time and said it was “so extreme and outrageous as to go beyond all bounds of decency.”
He also highlighted that it wasn’t the first time that a Disney resort had been sued over bedbugs as Disney’s Grand Californian Hotel & Spa was sued in 2016.
At the time spokesperson for Disneyland Liz Jaeger told The Los Angeles Times that “these occurrences are extremely rare”.
“We take extensive preventative measures so that our guests are comfortable and safe during their hotel stays and when needed take aggressive steps to rectify,” she said.
Following the anticipated news over the settlement, Virag said: “Bedbugs don’t discriminate; they are found in hotels of all quality levels throughout the country and worldwide.”
Disney resorts has been contacted for comment.
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