Woman Sues Nephew For His ‘Leap Of Joy’ That Broke Her Wrist – Jury Delivers Swift Verdict

Alap Naik Desai - Author
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Oct. 14 2015, Updated 5:12 a.m. ET

A woman suing her own nephew might seem odd to read, but that’s exactly what happened. Fortunately, the jury had the sense to see through it all. A New York woman who sued her own nephew for causing her bodily harm when he leapt at her had her case thrown out by the jury. The jury accepted the argument that the boy may have been responsible for causing her injury, but they strongly maintained that he cannot be held liable for his actions.

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Fifty-four-year-old Jennifer Connell, a New York resident, had sued her own nephew, Sean Tarala. The boy, a mere 8-years-old at the time of the incident, was accused by his own aunt of breaking her wrists. The incident happened on the boy’s birthday over four years ago when, in the state of excitement, he leapt into the arms of his aunt. The woman alleged that her nephew’s “leap of joy” was too much for her arms to bear, resulting in the fractures to her wrists.

Not to be confused with actress Jennifer Connelly, this 54-year-old woman is a human resources manager who lives in Manhattan. Her lawsuit, filed recently in the Bridgeport Superior Court, said that her nephew’s energetic leap into her arms ended up damaging her wrist four years ago. Connell claimed the Westport boy acted unreasonably when he leaped into her arms at his eighth birthday party, reportedNBC New York.

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“All of a sudden he was there in the air, I had to catch him and we tumbled onto the ground. I remember him shouting, ‘Auntie Jen I love you,’ and there he was flying at me.”

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Interestingly, the woman is claiming $127,000 in compensation not because of the hospital expenses or mental and physical trauma, but to teach the boy a lesson in manners, reportedE! Online. The woman maintains that it was the frontal impact that caused her to fall backwards and break her wrist. The injury, the woman claims, made life quite difficult for her, and she particularly faced quite a challenge going upstairs.

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“I live in Manhattan in a third-floor walk-up so it has been very difficult. And we all know how crowded it is in Manhattan.”

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The aunt added that she was at a party recently and couldn’t even hold her hors d’oeuvre. Needless to say, her wrists have been giving her problems, and she squarely blames her nephew for jumping off his new bike and into her arms.

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