The family of a man who was crushed to death when a parking garage collapsed on his car in November of 2008 is devastated by the Supreme Court's refusal to hear their appeal.
Saleh Khazali, 36, came to Montreal in 2006 hoping for a better future. He was making a pick up at 135 Deguire for his courier company when a concrete slab fell on his car and killed him.
His family tried to sue CAPREIT, the owner of the parking garage, for damages, but Quebec Superior said the incident was a traffic accident, therefore covered by Quebec's no-fault insurance programme, which prevents people from suing for punitive or compensatory damages.
Now the Supreme Court has upheld that decision.
Khazali's cousin, Abdelkhadre Bichara, says the family has not received any compensation from CAPREIT. The company hasn't even apologized.
He says the man was sending money to his two son's back home in the central African nation of Chad, and they need the money.
"He has two sons back home, his mother, his father, who is going to take care of them?"
"The law is not fair, it needs to change, even in my country if something like this happened the owner of the building would have to pay."
His lawyer, Bricka Stanislas agreed.
"The law should be revised to protect victims," he told CJAD.
The coroner had ruled that construction faults, improper repairs, and infrequent maintenance all contributed to his death, which could have been avoided.