Jennifer Connell became infamous for suing her nephew for $127,000, alleging the eight-year-old behaved unreasonably when he jumped into her arms, causing her to break her wrist. Dubbed “The Aunt from Hell” on morning shows and social media, Ms. Connell seemed to be the one behaving unreasonably. Attorney Rafael Gil III of The Gil Law Firm in Dothan, AL thinks there is much to consider here.
- Are Personal Injury Suits Personal? When someone is injured in another’s home, there is always the chance that a suit will be filed, especially if the injured party doesn’t have good medical insurance. Connell’s injuries were severe enough to require two separate surgeries; she had big bills to pay.
- Why Sue The Boy And Not The Insurance Company? In most states, the insurer’s obligations are to the insured. A third-party claimant may not sue the company directly. Connell maintained that she never wanted to sue her nephew, but it was the only way to make the insurance company pay more than the one-dollar settlement they offered.
- Why Did Connell Lose? The jury was charged with deciding whether Connell’s nephew behaved “unreasonably.” In the end, they simply found that it’s reasonable for an eight-year-old boy to throw himself at his aunt.
Rafael Gill III is an experienced personal injury lawyer who is here to help if you’ve been injured as a result of someone’s negligence. He also helps eligible victims file for Social Security disability. If you're an Alabama, Florida, or Georgia resident, The Gil Law Firm can handle your case.To have your case filed within 24 hours, visit them online or speak to an attorney at (334) 673-0100 for a free consultation.