(NEWSER) – There are two sides to every story, and now lawyers for the New York City woman who sued her 12-year-old nephew are telling hers. The Internet has demonized Jennifer Connell for suing Sean Tarala after he accidentally broke her wrist while in an excited state at his eighth-birthday party in 2011. But per the AP, her attorneys say state law gave her no choice but to file the $127,000 complaint, dismissed Tuesday in a Connecticut court.
The law firm representing Connell notes the insurance company for her nephew's parents was only going to give her $1 for medical bills and that suing was her only option. Her lawyers said she's already had two surgeries and needs a third, the Boston Herald reports. "From the start, this was a case … about one thing: Getting medical bills paid by homeowner's insurance," an emailed statement from the attorneys reads, per the paper. "Our client was never looking for money from her nephew or his family."