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January 1, Disney Sued Over Neglect Of Fatal Allergic Reaction at Resort Restaurant



A lawsuit has been filed against Walt Disney Parks and Resorts by the husband of a New York-based doctor, alleging that his wife died from an allergic reaction after dining at Disney World. The Florida resort and a restaurant where she dined stand accused of negligence in the legal action.

NBC News reports that the complaint alleges that on October 5, Raglan Road Irish Pub and Restaurant served Dr. Kanokporn Tangsuan food containing allergens, despite multiple assurances that it would be allergy-safe.

“Raglan Road advertises and represents to the public that food allergies and/or the accommodation of persons with food allergies is a top priority and that patrons/guests may consult with a chef or special diet trained cast member before placing an order, and at all times material, plaintiff relied upon these representations in selecting Disney Springs/Raglan Road for dinner,” says the lawsuit.

Tangsuan, 42, died that night of a severe allergic reaction known as anaphylaxis, according to a medical examiner’s autopsy report cited in the complaint. The lawsuit was filed in a Florida circuit court on behalf of her husband, Jeffrey J. Piccolo.

In the lawsuit, Scripps News reports that Piccolo said the couple had chosen to eat at Raglan Road because of Disney’s commitment to safeguarding patrons with allergies. The lawsuit alleges that the restaurant failed to properly train staff, failed to warn Tangsuan the food contained allergens, failed to prepare allergen-free food as promised, and said its workers failed to deliver on policies and procedures with respect to food preparation.

Tangsuan, who went by the name “Amy,” is listed as 42 in an online obituary. Piccolo’s lawyer, Brian Denney, told CNN that his client is “devastated over the premature death of his beloved wife. Amy had a long life in front of her and she and Jeff had plans to start a family. This never should have happened.”

Disney Parks and Resorts did not immediately respond to a request for comment sought by NBC News on Monday.

Why It Matters (op-ed)

This tragic incident at Walt Disney World is a stark reminder of the consequences when a company fails to uphold its promises. Disney’s negligence in this case reflects a broader trend of corporate irresponsibility.

It is crucial that we hold these corporations accountable for their actions. The left may argue that more regulations are needed, but we know that personal responsibility and market forces can drive change. Let this tragedy serve as a warning to other businesses that they must prioritize the safety and well-being of their customers.

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  1. Virginia Herbert

    March 5, 2024 at 5:25 pm

    I call bull. Trying to make money off of his wife’s death. UNLESS she told them her specific allergies and they ignored that. Your health is your responsibility, not a restaurant’s.

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