Woman Suing Disneyland Hotel Claiming She Was Bitten by Bedbugs

A woman is suing the Disneyland Resort claiming that she was bitten by bedbugs during her stay at the Disneyland Hotel this past April.

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What’s happening:

  • The Los Angeles Times is reporting that Ivy Eldridge is suing the Disneyland Resort following her stay this past April claiming she was bitten by bedbugs several times.
  • Eldridge filed a lawsuit with the Los Angeles County Superior Court alleging that she has suffered physical and emotional damage due to her stay at Disneyland.
  • The lawsuit accuses the hotel of failing to eradicate bedbugs which, according to reports, left welts and bite marks on Eldridge.
  • The Times reports that photos show what appear to be red bite marks on Eldridge’s shoulders, neck, back and ears.
  • Eldridge is seeking punitive damages as well as damages for physical and mental suffering however the suit does not specify a dollar amount.
  • Her attorney, Brian Virag, filed the suit on her behalf and has previously won large verdicts for bedbug victims. In 2017 he won a $3.5 million verdict over an infestation at an apartment complex in Los Angeles. He also won over $500,000 for a family bitten by bedbugs at a Hilton hotel.

What they’re saying:

  • Disneyland spokeswoman Liz Jaeger in a statement: “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.”
  • Brian Virag, Eldridge’s attorney: “They did not provide a bedbug-free hotel room.”
  • From the lawsuit: “[Eldridge] endured many sleepless nights and much emotional and mental distress, coupled with other physical conditions associated with severe mental and emotional distress.”
  • From the lawsuit: “Disneyland Resort had been sued in 2016 over bedbug problems at another resort hotel — Disney’s Grand Californian Hotel & Spa — and should have eliminated the bug problem at Disneyland Hotel before Eldridge checked in.”