POLK COUNTY, FL. (WFLA) - A Florida mother claims her son's face was permanently disfigured after it was painted at Legoland.
According to a lawsuit filed in Polk County, Florida, in May 2016 the boy had his face painted like the Black Panther Superhero by an employee at Legoland during a visit to the park.
After the visit, the boy began to break out and was complaining about itching and burning on his face, according to Junior Mentor, an attorney representing the family.
"He started having a lot of itching around his cheeks. After that, the area was swollen." Mentor told News Channel 8.
According to the lawsuit, the child was diagnosed with eczema, but medication failed to alleviate the rash, which continued to spread to the boy’s mouth and nose.
"They (doctors) tried everything else under the sun," Mentor said.
The doctor asked if the boy had placed anything around his face around the time the rash started. During one of the doctor visits, the boy’s mother recalled that the Legoland trip and face painting had occurred just before the rash broke out, the lawsuit claims.
The suit alleges that a doctor determined whatever damaged the boy’s face was applied evenly to his skin on both sides of his face.
“Several doctor visits later, and after 23 months of various treatments and prescriptions, (the boy’s) skin condition continues to worsen, causing dark spots and discoloration,” the lawsuit claimed.
"They tried all kinds of treatment and medications on him and in the end, the doctor said that they ruled out any condition, they seem to maintain it was the paint," Mentor said.
According to Mentor, the child has been taunted at school and even called the name, “Racoon.”
"A lot of times he doesn’t want to go to school. He doesn’t want to look at his face in the mirror. It’s very traumatic for a young child," Mentor said.
The lawsuit is seeking more than $15,000 in damages from Merlin Entertainment Group, Legoland Florida Resort and Cypress Gardens at Legoland.
Legoland officials said that they had not been contacted about the lawsuit.
"We take all matters relating to the well-being of our guests seriously. We have not been contacted regarding this legal matter and therefore cannot comment at this time," Legoland officials said.