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Lawsuit over hug necessary for insurance reasons, lawyers say

Even if you don’t know the name, you’ve by now heard of Jennifer Connell, aka The Aunt Who Sued Her Nephew Over a Hug.

It was reported earlier this week that a Connecticut jury found against Connell in her $127,000 lawsuit against her nephew, whose over-exuberant embrace at his 2011 allegedly caused her to fall and break her wrist.

Now, I have no idea about family dynamics and what role they played in Connell filing her lawsuit. But Connell’s attorneys have offered an explanation for the litigation: an insurance company made her do it.

The nephew’s parents’ insurance offered her $1 over the fall, leaving Connell no choice but to sue to pay medical bills, according to her lawyers. Connell has had two surgeries and could face a third.

From the AP:

Peter Kochenburger, an insurance law specialist at the University of Connecticut School of Law, said state law typically requires those claiming injury to sue the individual responsible.

“In Connecticut and most states, if you have a claim against someone for negligence, you sue that individual, not the insurance company,” he said.