Conn. chimp attack victim to appeal

5:48 PM, Jun 18, 2013   |    comments
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NEW HAVEN, Conn. -- An attorney for a Connecticut woman disfigured by a friend's pet chimpanzee says he plans to appeal a decision denying her permission to sue the state for $150 million on her claim officials knew the chimp was dangerous but didn't do anything about it.

The state claims commissioner on Friday approved the state's motion to dismiss Charla Nash's claim, saying the law at the time allowed private ownership of chimpanzees and didn't require officials to seize legal animals.

The state generally is immune to lawsuits, unless allowed by the claims commissioner.

Nash's lawyer, Charles Willinger Jr., told The Associated Press on Tuesday he plans to appeal the decision to the state legislature.

Nash was blinded, lost both hands and underwent a face transplant after being mauled in Stamford in 2009.

Associated Press

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