The family of a teen pulled alive from the rubble of last month’s Florida building disaster has filed a lawsuit claiming its condo association knew the highrise was “at grave risk of collapse.”
Relatives of 15-year-old Jonah Handler say in the suit filed Thursday that the condo association at Champlain Towers South in Surfside was aware of previous “widespread structural damage” at the building, as detailed in a damning 2018 engineer’s report, the Miami Herald reported. Handler’s mother died from the building collapse June 24.
The court papers allege that the condo association knew that the “building was structurally unsound, unsafe, and at grave risk of collapse” well before it fell.
Handler, a sophomore at Monsignor Edward Pace High School, survived the tragedy but suffered devastating injuries, according to the suit.
The teen sat “side by side” with his mother, Stacie Fang, 54, in his room at their 10th-floor condo as the building crumbled to the ground, the documents