$4M settlement in Conn. chimp attack
By DAVE COLLINS and JOHN CHRISTOFFERSEN Associated Press November 29, 2012 4:48PM
FILE - In this Aug. 10, 2012 file photo, Charla Nash sits before a hearing at the Legislative Office Building in Hartford, Conn. Lawyers Nash, who was mauled by a chimpanzee in Connecticut, have agreed to settle a lawsuit against the estate of the primate's now-dead owner. Nash's family filed the lawsuit in 2009 in state Superior Court seeking $50 million in damages from chimp owner Sandra Herold, who died in 2010. Nash was blinded, lost both hands and underwent a face transplant after being mauled outside Herold's Stamford home in February 2009. (AP Photo/Jessica Hill)
Updated: November 29, 2012 6:17PM
STAMFORD, Conn. — A settlement agreement calls for a woman disfigured in a Connecticut chimpanzee attack to receive about $4 million from the estate of the animal’s now-dead owner.
Attack victim Charla Nash’s brother filed a lawsuit on her behalf in 2009 in state Superior Court seeking $50 million in damages from chimp owner Sandra Herold, who died in 2010.
An agreement filed in Stamford Probate Court and reviewed Thursday by The Associated Press calls for Herold’s estate to provide Nash with $3.4 million in real estate in addition to vehicles and cash.
Nash was attacked by Herold’s 200-pound chimpanzee, Travis, in February 2009. Nash was blinded, lost both hands and underwent a face transplant.
Her family is also trying to sue the state of Connecticut for $150 million.
Collins reported from Hartford.