Jennifer Connell of NYC was awarded the Black Heart of Evil by Satan yesterday when the world found out that she sued her now 12-year-old nephew Sean Taras for causing her to break her wrist during a hug-gone-wrong at his 8th birthday party. Aunt Jen sued Sean for $127,000, because she claimed that he was old enough to know that leaping into her arms for a hug would lead to injury. Some of us who appreciate shameless evil slow clapped for Aunt Jen. But Aunt Jen’s lawyer issued a statement explaining why she sued her nephew and he would like everyone to stop calling her the worst aunt who ever lived.
Aunt Jen testified in a Bridgeport, CT courtroom about how her then 8-year-old nephew greeted her at his birthday party by leaping into her arms, which caused them both to fall onto the ground. The fall messed up her wrist and she hasn’t been the same again. I mean, Aunt Jen testified that she has a hard time holding an hors d’oeuvre plate at parties! The jury didn’t feel her pain and awarded her a total of $0. They said that Sean isn’t responsible for her injury.
After the Internet declared that Evil Aunt Jen is the Most Hated Human In America (this week), her lawyer issued a statement where he explained why she had no choice but to sue her nephew. In my post yesterday, I guessed that this was a homeowner’s insurance situation and Aunt Jen’s lawyer says that’s exactly what it was. Sean’s dad’s insurance company offered her $1 for the fall. So she had to sue her nephew, because her medical bills are piling up and it was the only way to try to get the homeowner’s insurance to pay. She says she needed surgery twice and she may have to go in for a third surgery. The statement doesn’t say whether or not she has medical insurance. via The Boston Herald
“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.”
Peter Kochenburger, an insurance law specialist at the University of Connecticut School of Law, said state law typically requires those claiming injury to sue the individual responsible.
“In Connecticut and most states, if you have a claim against someone for negligence, you sue that individual, not the insurance company,” he said.
Connell’s lawsuit said her “injuries, losses and harms” were caused by the negligence and carelessness of the youngster, who should have known his “forceful greeting” would have injured her. A six-member Superior Court jury found that the boy was not liable.
So Aunt Jen had to drag her nephew to court and she’s still stuck with the medical bills. All together now (I’ll give you a moment to warm up your vocal cords): THANKS, OBAMA!