Girl, 6, wins hotel damages

PUBLISHED : Wednesday, 19 October, 1994, 12:00am
UPDATED : Wednesday, 19 October, 1994, 12:00am

A SIX-YEAR-OLD girl has succeeded in suing one of the largest hotels in Shanghai after she was injured by a falling mirror in a hotel cafe.

The Shanghai Hilton Hotel agreed to compensate Lin Jieni 88,781 yuan (HK$80,435) for bodily damage after the Jingan District Court ruled in her favour, according to the semi-official Hong Kong China News Agency yesterday.

Jieni was hit by the frame of a mirror which had fallen off the wall while she was having a drink in the cafe on the ground floor of the hotel on April 4.

The girl suffered concussion and head injuries, and had to stay in hospital for more than four months.

Representatives of the girl's family and the hotel failed to reach an agreement before the case went to court, according to the agency.

The girl's family had been asking for a compensation for hospital fees, 'nutrition fees ', transportation fees, and the loss of the parents' salary for taking care of the girl, which added up to a total amount of 99,170 yuan.

The family also asked for 30,000 yuan for future treatment.

The court ruled that the hotel had to shoulder the responsibility as it failed to 'manage the things hanging on the wall properly', the agency said.

It agreed to pay the 'reasonable compensation' to the girl and had apologised.