Charla Nash awarded $4 million in chimp attack settlement

9:47 PM, Nov 29, 2012   |    comments
Charla Nash, woman who was attacked by chimpanzee in 2009, lying in hospital bed after her face transplant. (AP File)
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DAVE COLLINS
Associated Press

STAMFORD, Conn. (AP) - 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.

The family's lawyer says the money obtained is "an insignificant amount" considering what she went through.

Her family is trying to sue the state.

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