8 year old sued by Auntie in USA

bike_safety_1600_wht_9046A woman from Manhattan is suing her 8-year old nephew for injuring her at his 8th birthday party.

His crime? He excitedly jumped off his new bike and leapt into her arms when he saw her shouting “Auntie Jen I love you”

She caught him and tumbled to the ground sustaining, she claims, a broken wrist in the process.

Now 4 years later the 54-year old HR manager is suing him for $127,000.

She claims he acted unreasonably. She admits she didn’t complain at the time because she didn’t want to spoil his birthday.

She admits the boy has always been very loving and sensitive but says the injury has affected her life. She said she was at a party and had difficulty holding her hors d’oeuvre plate and she lives in a third floor walk-up apartment.

The boy, now 12, is apparently confused about the case. His mother died last year but no sympathy from Auntie Jen. Her lawyer claims that “The injuries, losses and harms to the plaintiff were caused  by the negligence and carelessness of the minor defendant. A reasonable 8-year old should have known that a forceful greeting … could cause the harms and losses suffered”.

I’m tempted to say “only in America” but it could yet happen here.

I don’t know if the Aunt was the deceased Mum’s sister or not but it must have put a strain on relationships not to mention incurring hefty lawyer’s fees.

And another HR manager without a sense of humour


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