Chimp-attack victim Charla Nash pleads for right to sue state

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Charla Nash road to recovery

Charla Nash, of Stamford, Connecticut, pictured March 21, 2012, was so severely mauled by Sandra Herold’s 200-pound pet chimpanzee Travis, that she lost her hands and face. Nash received a face transplant in 2010 and is now filing a claim that would allow her to sue the state of Connecticut for allowing a dangerous animal to reside in Herold’s home. (Mark Mirko/Hartford Courant/MCT via Getty Images)

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.

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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.

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  • christine romero

    First I think she should not be able to sue cause she knew her friend had a chimpanzee n she should not of went near it

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