Charla Nash testifies before state lawmakers in bid to sue Conn. over 2009 chimpanzee attack
Related mediaInterview with chimp attack victim Charla Nash
HARTFORD - Charla Nash testified before state lawmakers today as part of her last-ditch effort to sue the state over the 2009 chimpanzee attack that nearly killed her.
Nash is asking lawmakers to let a judge hear her case. She is trying to sue the state for $150 million.
A friend’s pet chimpanzee mauled Nash. She lost much of her face and hands in the attack, and has since received a full face transplant. Her attorneys argue that a state agency knew the chimp was dangerous for years leading up to the attack, but no one took any action.
Read More: Connecticut Top Stories
“I feel the state knew what was happening and failed to protect me,” she says.
The state counters that a regulatory failure doesn't equal liability.
The state’s claims commissioner denied Nash’s case last year. Lawmakers on the Judiciary Committee have until April 2 to decide whether to pass this issue onto the full General Assembly. If they don't, Nash will not be able to sue the state.