A New York woman is suing her 12-year-old nephew who accidentally broke her wrist while greeting her at his eighth birthday party.
Jennifer Connell is seeking $127,000 from Sean Tarala of Westport, Connecticut, after the youngster jumped into her arms whens she arrived at his party on March 18, 2011.
Connell , a 54-year-old human resources manager - described her nephew in court as 'very loving' and 'sensitive' towards her, but told Judge Edward Stodolink that the youngster should be held accountable for his behavior.
According to the Connecticut Post, Sean looked 'confused' as he sat in the Superior Court in Bridgeport alongside his father Michael. The boy's mother, Lisa, died last year.
The court heard that Sean had just received a red bicycle for his birthday and was riding it when Connell arrived at the home in Westport.
According to her testimony, Connell claimed that Sean got excited when he saw her and shouted: '"Auntie Jen, Auntie Jen". All of a sudden he was there in the air, I had to catch him and we tumbled on to the ground, I remember him shouting, "Auntie Jen I love you," and there he was flying at me.'
Connell told the court that she realized she had been injured but did not want to raise the matter at the time because she did not want to ruin his birthday celebration.
However, she said the injury had had a massive impact on her life.
She said: '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. I was at a party recently, and it was difficult to hold my hors d’oeuvre plate.'
According to court documents: '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.'
Source: Daily Mail