CHIMPANZEE MAULING VICTIM SUING FOR MILLIONS SHE WILL NEVER SEE
April 21 2012
Stamford, CT – The world is wild and dangerous place at times, both with humans and with other animals. Sometimes we forget that. Sure, some places and some animals are obvious threats and we make sure to stay away from them, but usually it’s the other threats, the places we thought were safe, that are the real danger.
There is little doubt that Charla Nash believed exactly that, that she was safe, in her Stamford neighbourhood and at her friend’s house. She likely also believed that the chimpanzee her friend had was safe as well because she had seen it before and it had always been so friendly. Once it attacked her back in 2009, it was clear she had made a mistake.
There have been, no doubt, many regrets and recriminations about the events that transpired that day, and now Nash, the only real victim in all of this, is going to make good on some of those regrets. Nash, currently recovering from a face transplant related to the accident, has filed a $150 million lawsuit against the state of Connecticut for allowing the deadly chimp to be in private hands, money even the most optimistic of legal experts believe she will never see or touch.
“They knew it was an accident waiting to happen. They knew the animal had no permit, and in spite of all this, the DEEP took no action. Under Connecticut law… the DEEP must either issue a permit or the statute says it shall seize and dispose of the animal. It chose to do neither,” said Nash’s lawyer Charles Willinger.
Nash lost most of her face, her eyes, and both her hands in the attack. The chimp was also killed, though by police with a gun.
It’s not believed that the suit is alleging anything other than negligence as it is not believed that the state had specifically targeted Nash with a chimpanzee.
“Suits like this rarely see that kind of money actually paid out. She will get something, no doubt about that, but nothing like $150 million dollars. This woman has undoubtedly suffered incredibly and there are limited ways that a person with no eyes or hands can make a living so on that alone the judge will likely grant her some amount, but that much money is a little silly, though would almost be worth getting attacked by a chimp,” said Scrape TV Legal analyst Gabe Hawthorne. “Almost. $150 million is a lot of cheddar and way more than Nash ever could have earned had she not been viciously attacked by a wild animal but still a little outside the rational amounts paid out to people in situations like this, not that there are many situations like this obviously.”
Nash also sued the chimp’s owner, former friend Sandra Herold until she was dead.
“There is no doubt that everyone has been taught a very important lesson in all of this, the biggest one is not approaching chimpanzees because they can rip off your face, literally. I’m sure that is one of the big lessons Nash has taken away from this whole thing as difficult as it is going to be to avoid chimps going forward, not being able to see and the like,” continued Hawthorne. “It’s already caused a lot of changes in state laws and that will certainly help other people not be attacked by chimps, though admittedly it is a very rare occurrence anyways. Hopefully, if nothing else, this suit will bring more awareness to the dangers of chimps and of people attacked by them.”
Nash is reportedly considering using the money for another new face, one more suited to clubs and parties.
Mike Michaels, American Correspondent