Do you support Jennifer’s decision to sue her own nephew over an injury? Jennifer claims the case was a simple homeowners insurance issue, but that hasn’t stopped the public from vilifying her.
The Manhattan woman’s suit against her 12-year-old nephew for $127,000 was tossed out by a jury in 20 minutes.
She claimed that Sean Tarala’s exuberant hug at his eighth birthday party broke her wrist and made life “very difficult” for her, according to the Connecticut Post.
“We just didn’t think the boy was negligent,” one member of the jury told the paper while he was leaving the courthouse.
The incident happened four years ago when Connell arrived in Westport, Conn. for her nephew’s birthday.
Connell testified last week that she loves her nephew, and though he’s always been “very loving, [and] sensitive” towards her, he should be held liable for his actions, according to the Connecticut Post.
The court heard that Sean was riding his new two-wheeler bicycle when she arrived and when he spotted her, he dropped the bike and yelled “Auntie Jen, Auntie Jen.”
“All of a sudden he was there in the air, I had to catch him and we tumbled onto the ground,” Connell testified according to the Connecticut Post.
She testified that the energetic embrace caused her to fall to the ground and break her wrist. She testified that since the incident, her life in Manhattan has been “very difficult.”
“I live in Manhattan in a third-floor walk-up so it has been very difficult,” she said. “And we all know how crowded it is in Manhattan.”
“I was at a party recently, and it was difficult to hold my hors d’oeuvre plate,” she said, according to the newspaper.
Not sure she’s going to gain any sympathy with comments like that!
The lawsuit claims, “The injuries, losses and harms to the plaintiff were caused by the negligence and carelessness of the minor defendant in that a reasonable eight years old under those circumstances would know or should have known that a forceful greeting such as the one delivered by the defendant.
Connell told CNN recently that it was a simple homeowners insurance case and that she had to name an individual as the defendant, not the insurance company. She shared her thoughts here.
She says she adores Sean, and even went shopping with him for a Halloween costume last week.
“It’s amazing the power that the Internet has that something can go viral, completely out of context,” she said.
“I’m certainly not trying to retire to some villa in the south of France. I’m simply trying to pay off my medical bills.”
Do you sympathize with Jennifer? Have you have to sue family or friends, not because you wanted to, but because you had to?