What is a quite common routine in litigation suits for insurance claims mounts to a flame war for Connecticut resident Jennifer Connell over an innocent hug. Subrogation, the act of suing another insurance agency to pay claims when one’s own insurance company refuses to cover medical bills, has brought a family to tears and incited a social medial flame war against loving Aunt Jennifer. What amounts to a simple homeowner’s case has the media frenzied due to the 12-year-old involved in the suit, who was only eight years old at the time of the incident.
A Hug and a Broken Wrist
When Jennifer visited her cousin’s son, his exuberance at seeing his “Auntie” resulted in breaking her wrist. The hug, while innocent, was so forceful it resulted in lasting injuries that made it near impossible for Jennifer to even hold a simple plate. She told CNN reporters that she loved her “nephew” and knows he would never wilfully hurt her, nor would she hurt him. Instead, she still visits him regularly and even has taken him Halloween shopping after the incident.
The Purpose of the Suit
Jennifer has no intentions of becoming rich off this lawsuit, she simply wants help with her medical bills for the treatment of her broken wrist when her own insurance company failed to foot their part of the bill. In what is known as a subrogation, her insurance company is suing her cousin’s insurance company for damages and loss of lifestyle in an effort to see if the unpaid medical bills, over $127,000, can be paid by a homeowner’s claim.