Tuesday, March 17, 2009

Chimp Attack Lawsuit Filed

The family of a Connecticut woman mauled by a chimpanzee last month has filed a lawsuit seeking $50 million in damages against the animal's owner. A relative of 55-year-old Charla Nash filed the lawsuit against Sandra Herold late Monday in Superior Court in Stamford. The lawsuit accuses Herold of negligence and recklessness for owning "a wild animal with violent propensities, even though she lacked sufficient skill, strength and/or experience to subdue the chimpanzee when necessary." Attorneys say Nash lost her hands, nose, lips and eyelids and may be blind and suffering brain damage after the attack on Feb. 16 in Stamford. She remains in critical condition at the Cleveland Clinic.

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