The Connecticut House of Representatives on Monday sided with a legislative committee that recommended a woman blinded and disfigured in a 2009 chimpanzee attack should not be allowed to sue the state for financial damages.
The Judiciary Committee voted 35-3 on Wednesday to uphold last year’s decision by State Claims Commissioner J. Paul Vance Jr., who denied Nash’s request to sue the state for $150 million.
Some Connecticut lawmakers have expressed doubts about giving a woman mauled by a chimpanzee in 2009 the right to sue the state for $150 million.
A woman disfigured in a 2009 chimpanzee attack appealed Friday for permission to pursue a $150 million lawsuit against the state, appearing before lawmakers to argue that officials knew the animal was a threat and failed to take action.
Charla Nash is appealing the ruling by the state’s Claims Commissioner who refused to waive the state’s immunity in the case. The state Assembly Judiciary Committee will hear the issue to decide whether to pass a bill that would reverse the state’s decision to maintain immunity.
In February 2009, Sandra Herold’s 200-pound pet chimp Travis attacked Nash as she was trying to lure it back into Herold’s house. It ripped off her nose, lips, eyelids and hands. The attack left her blinded.