A New York aunt is suing her 12-year-old nephew after she sustained a broken wrist because of his overly-enthusiastic hug. She is asking for six-figures in damages, citing injuries and loses in her lawsuit.
Jennifer Connell, 54, said that her nephew ran and jumped into her arms to hug her during a birthday party—he was turning eight at the time—knocking both of them to the ground.
“All of a sudden he was there in the air, I had to catch him and we tumbled onto the ground,” Connell said in her account of the incident. “I remember him shouting, ‘Auntie Jen I love you,’ and there he was flying at me.”
Now she wants to hold him accountable for the subsequent injury to her wrist, asking a Superior Court to hold him liable and seeking $127,000 from him.
She claims that her life has been a struggle since the accident.
“I live in Manhattan in a third-floor walk-up so it has been very difficult,” she said in court. “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 testified.
In the lawsuit filed, she claims that her injuries and losses were caused by negligence and carelessness. It also alleges 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.”
The child was accompanied to a recent court hearing by his father. His mother apparently passed away in 2014.
Connell reportedly does not have any children of her own.