HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — A woman disfigured in a 2009 chimpanzee attack has told Connecticut lawmakers that the state knew the animal was a threat but failed to protect her.
Charla Nash spoke Friday before a legislative committee that is considering her bid to pursue a $150 million lawsuit against the state.
A state claims commissioner refused her request last year for permission to sue, but the General Assembly’s Judiciary Committee is considering a bill that would override that decision. The state generally is immune from lawsuits unless allowed by the commissioner.
Nash was blinded, lost both hands and underwent a face transplant following the attack in Stamford. She said the money could allow her to pay medical bills and give her a chance at a comfortable life.
State officials say the law does not support her claim.