New York woman, Jennifer Connell, sues 12-year-old nephew over hug that broke her wrist

  • metta

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    Oct 13, 2015 9:04 PM GMT
    New York woman sues 12-year-old nephew over hug that broke her wrist

    "She is seeking $127,000 in damages from the boy, whose mother died last year."
  • metta

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    Oct 13, 2015 9:09 PM GMT
    Good news...she lost. icon_smile.gif

    Jennifer Connell: 5 Fast Facts You Need to Know
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    Oct 13, 2015 9:19 PM GMT
    Then why did the Hell did she do this, if she says he was just "being a kid", when he was 8 years old at the time? It must have cost the widowed father some money to defend his son against this ridiculous lawsuit. Money that presumably deprived the boy of support.

    And why? Because this woman, as she states in court documents, had trouble "holding hors d'oeuvres"? Holding hors d'oeuvres? Really? This has to be a farce somebody made up. Is this from a satirical site like the Onion?

    Because I'm not sure in most jurisdictions that a minor child can be sued. The parents or guardians, yes, but not the child.
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    Oct 14, 2015 1:14 PM GMT
    I'm sure she was just looking for insurance money.
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    Oct 14, 2015 2:52 PM GMT
    According to reports her insurance company wasn't paying for the medical bills so she had no choice to sue the nephew in hopes his insurance would pay for it.
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    Oct 15, 2015 4:45 PM GMT
    Y'all did better with this story than most of the Internet and Media world!

    Yahoo! NewsJainchill & Beckert, Connell's law firm, said her nephew's parents' insurance company offered her $1 over the fall, which occurred at their home. She had no choice but to sue to pay medical bills, they said, adding that she has had two surgeries and could face a third, her lawyers said.

    "From the start, this was a case ... about one thing: Getting medical bills paid by homeowner's insurance," the law firm said Wednesday in an emailed statement. "Our client was never looking for money from her nephew or his family."

    Daily Kos diarist "Dartagnan"Anyone who has had someone injured in their home, even if that person is covered by health insurance, is familiar with the efforts insurance companies will make to find an excuse to deny payment. The easiest way for insurance companies to do this is by finding a secondary source. It's not entirely clear whether Ms. Connell had health insurance but as she was gainfully employed in HR one suspects she did, and it simply didn't or wouldn't cover her bills. Whether that is the case or not, the homeowner's policy provided an avenue of recovery--but they denied coverage. Connecticut law required her to sue an individual, rather than a third-party homeowner's insurer who owed her no legal duty.

    Because it would be difficult if not impossible to prove that the boy's father did anything wrong in failing to properly supervise his son (since the boy's action was spontaneous and done without warning) she had no choice but to sue the boy. When she did so her attorneys knew full that the boy had no assets, and that the homeowner's insurance company would thereby be required to defend against the suit and ultimately pay the judgment.

    The media in its never-ending search for eyeballs to cover its advertising costs never once considered what seemed to be patently obvious to anyone with a modicum of knowledge as to how our current insurance-based medical system functions. Or if they did consider it, they ignored it.

    It's much easier to demonize someone for failing to adhere what they consider social norms of "good conduct." The Internet in this case--as it has in many other cases--then provided an avenue for clueless people to "gang up" in a herd mentality to publicly "shame" this woman for something that they neither understood nor should have been any of their business in the first place. As a result of the media firestorm this woman doubtlessly had to endure vicious threats and insults which she didn't deserve but will now have to reckon with:

    NBC NewsTrending hashtags on Twitter dubbed her the "worst aunt ever" and the "aunt from hell," and one New York tabloid even called her the "auntie-Christ[.]"

    Daily KosMs. Connell appeared on the Today Show this morning with her nephew:

    NBC News"She would never do anything to hurt the family or myself," he told TODAY's Savannah Guthrie.

    Many in the media and on social media speculated that the boy would never want anything to do with the relative who took him to court, but that's clearly not the case.

    "I love her and she loves me," he said.