Is it ever OK to sue a relative? This woman may disagree… 71

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Boys will be boys, and kids will be kids. So was it right for this aunt to sue her nephew over just an accident? She may disagree if the court documents are anything to go by.

Jennifer Connell, a human resources manager from Manhattan is suing her 12-year-old nephew for leaping into her arms when he welcomed her into his home. They both fell down and she subsequently broke her wrist.

The accident occurred in 2011, when her nephew was just 8 years old.

The Westport News reported from the courthouse on Monday that Ms Connell is seeking $127,000 in damages from the boy, who tragically lost his mother last year.

When questioned about the damage done she said her life had been “very difficult” since the injury because of “how crowded it is in Manhattan”. “I was at a party recently, and it was difficult to hold my hors d’oeuvre plate,” she reportedly said.

“The injuries, losses and harms to the plaintiff were caused by the negligence and carelessness of the minor defendant, in that a reasonable eight-year-old under those circumstances would know or should have known that a forceful greeting such as the one delivered by the defendant to the plaintiff could cause the harms and losses suffered by the plaintiff,” Connell’s lawsuit claimed.

People on social media have not held back, with one saying she was “the worst person ever” and another saying it has restored their faith in the justice system.


We want to know your thoughts today: Do you think that it’s ever OK to sue a family member (obviously within reason!)? Or should you let bygones be bygones when it comes to your family?

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  1. Really? This lady has some serious problems. He was excited to hug her and accident occurred and she sued. Sad!

  2. The outcome is, that irrespective of the court ruling, she’s very unlikely to ever get another hug, from anyone, but especially from her nephew. So, is it worth giving that up. Even if the court rules for her, she will be a lonely woman!

  3. No.can’t believe anyone would do this. They’ll have no relationship now unless she planned to split the parrot with him.

  4. Throwing away a relationship with family for what? He certainly won’t be pleased to see her on the future.

  5. Only in America! My understanding of the US law, which is minimal at best, is that one cannot sue a minor. Could be wrong though. Poor woman! Fancy not being able to hold your hor. oeuvres. Must be a dreadful time for her. No mention re the difficulty in doing up the zip on her dress, or ripping pantyhose when trying to put them on with one hand Must be a trying time for her. Maybe I should delete that as she may add those traumas to her lawsuit amount.

  6. There may be an insurance policy the family has that she is actually making the claim against. The injury is old enough now that the extent and permanency of the injury is now known. I suspect there is considerably more to this than it appears. I remember all the ridicule of the lady who sued MacDonalds over the scalding from hot coffee, I later read something adding details and it wasn’t as frivolous as it originally sounded.

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    • At least sanity prevailed Carol…I honestly cannot understand the selfishness and absurd mentality of some people…I’m so glad I own a dog!

    • The whole angle in the story is to make her claim sound frivolous, I expect there is more to it. If she was not trying to claim against a liability insurance policy held by the boy’s family instead suing the boy personally then she is a strange person indeed. That it was thrown out by the jury then is good.

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