Tot's five-storey fall prompts $21.4 million lawsuit

The exterior of an apartment building, where a girl fell five storeys in April 2012, is pictured in...

The exterior of an apartment building, where a girl fell five storeys in April 2012, is pictured in Calgary on January 22, 2014. (Jim Wells/QMI Agency)

Kevin Martin, Calgary Sun

, Last Updated: 9:08 AM ET

CALGARY -- The owners of a city condo complex and a renovations company are to blame for serious injuries suffered by a toddler in a five-storey fall, a lawsuit claims.

The court action seeks damages of at least $21.4 million for now four-year-old Christina Zhang, who fell April 1, 2012 when a screen at her home gave way.

The accident at the Beltline-area residence left the girl, who was 2 1/2 at the time, with permanent injuries, says her claim.

The document, a copy of which was obtained Wednesday by the Sun, alleges new windows were improperly installed at the six-storey complex in September, 2011.

The girl fell from a bedroom at her parents’ 14 Ave. S.W. home and suffered multiple injuries, including severe brain trauma.

Lawyer James Cuming, who filed the claim on behalf of the girl and her father Wei Zhang, said the child’s prognosis is still not clear.

“She’s still young, she didn’t suffer spinal issues, but she suffered severe brain injuries,” Cuming told the Sun.


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