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Chimp Attack Victim Asks Again For Right To Sue In Conn.

CT.gov

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.

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