Manhattan Woman Loses $127K Lawsuit Against 12yo Nephew
A jury ruled against a Manhattan woman who sued her 12-year-old nephew for $127,000 for jumping into her arms at his eighth-birthday party, causing her to fall and break her wrist.
New York Post reports that the six-member jury took only 25 minutes to unanimously rule in favor of Sean Tarala.
Jennifer Connell had testified Friday that she loved her nephew, but believed he should be held accountable for causing the injury.
The lawsuit comes after Tarala's mother passed away last year. He was the only defendant.
Ahead of the decision, legal experts David Bruno and Annemarie McAvoy appeared on "Real Story" to discuss the case.
They said there's no rule saying you can't sue a child.
But Connell would have to prove Tarala acted unreasonably for an eight-year-old, which would be difficult.
Patrick D. McCabe, an injury attorney in Connecticut who is not working on the case, said, in general, people "including minors" are responsible for their actions. But these minors are likely covered by their parents' homeowner's insurance. It would be a tough assignment for an attorney to convince a jury, that doesn't know there's insurance, to come down on an eight-year-old who may have been showing vigorous affection for his aunt.
See what legal experts had to say about the case in the video above.