NEW HAVEN, Conn. (AP) - Blocked in her bid to sue Connecticut for $150 million, the woman mauled and disfigured by a chimpanzee in 2009 faces an uphill battle as she appeals to the legislature.
Charla Nash says officials knew the chimp was dangerous but didn't do anything about it. She was blinded, lost her hands and underwent a face transplant after the attack.
While Nash has lawmakers' sympathies, they deny most appeals of decisions by the state's claims commissioner. Nash would also have to overcome a ban on laws that benefit one person and, experts say, a reluctance to authorize a potentially costly lawsuit in a state with financial woes.
The commissioner recently dismissed Nash's claim, saying the law at the time allowed private ownership of chimpanzees and didn't require officials to seize legal animals.
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