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Disabled man stuck on Disneyland 'Small World' ride awarded $8,000

Disneyland's It's A Small World ride is seen in this undated file photo.
March 27, 2013 12:00:00 AM PDT
A disabled man who was stuck on the "It's A Small World" ride at Disneyland for more than half an hour in 2009 has been awarded $8,000 in court, according to his attorney.

Jose Martinez, 52, of San Pedro, is paralyzed and uses a wheelchair. Lawyer David Geffen says his client suffers from panic attacks and high blood pressure. He says Martinez didn't medically stabilize for three hours after the ride broke down.

"Disneyland Resort believes it provided all appropriate assistance to Mr.and Mrs. Martinez when the ride temporarily stopped and is disappointed that the court did not fully agree," Disneyland spokeswoman Suzi Brown said in a statement.

Half the award ordered Friday is for pain and suffering, and the rest is for a violation of disability law. Brown said a single violation concerning the height of the counter in Disneyland's first aid station has since been corrected.

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The Associated Press contributed to this report.


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