According to a report from the Associated Press, as carried by MSN News Tuesday, Charla Nash, who was “mauled by a friend's chimpanzee in 2009 is making a last-ditch appeal to legislators in her bid to sue the state for $150 million, saying the attack has left her so her reliant on others that she feels like she is locked in a cage.”
As a legal body, the state is generally immune to lawsuits. Nash plans to submit her plea via video to the General Assembly's Judiciary Committee, arguing that the state should have seized the animal from her friend on the grounds that it was too dangerous to be kept as a pet.
“I'm hoping that the legislation will allow me to have my day in court, that I will be able to have a judge listen to the evidence that is brought before him about the vicious attack on me and that it shall not happen to any other person again,” Nash said.
Nash, a 60-year-old single mom, has had to ensure a medically groundbreaking full face transplant. She was left blind by the attack, and also lost both of her hands. The chimp, a 200-pound animal known as “Travis,” was shot dead by police.
“It's a different world to not be able to see again or to use your hands and just do things for yourself. That you have to depend on other people for help now, it's very hard,” Nash said. “I feel like I'm locked up. I feel like I'm in a cage.”
States the AP report:
Nash reached a $4 million settlement in 2012 with the estate of [chimp owner Sandra] Herold, who died in 2010. Nash's attorneys say that will only cover a small portion of her medical costs.
It is unusual for state lawmakers to overturn denials issued by the state claims commissioner, but Nash hopes her appeal will resonate.