Chimp Attack Settlement: Charla Nash Wins $4 Million Settlement For Disfiguring Attack

By Amir Khan on November 30, 2012 9:41 AM EST

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Charla Nash, who was blinded in a vicious chimp attack in 2009, received a $4 million chimp attack settlement from the estate of the animal's now-deceased owner, Fox News reported on Friday. The chimp attack settlement came after Charla Nash's brother filed the lawsuit on her behalf in 2009.

The chimp attack settlement was initially seeking $50 million worth of damages from chimp owner Sandra Herold, who died in 2010. Nash was blinded, lost both hands and had to undergo a face transplant after the chimp attack, which occurred in February 2009 in Stamford, Conn.

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"I think it was a fair compromise on all sides," Attorney Brenden Leydon, representing Herold's estate, said about the chimp attack settlement, according to Fox News.

However, the lawyer for the Nash family said the chimp attack settlement is "insignificant" compared to the pain Charla Nash went to.

Nash went to Herold's home the day of the chimp attack to help lure the animal back inside. However, the chimp attacked, disfiguring Charla, who now lives in a nursing home outside of Boston, and is using the chimp attack settlement to pay her medical bills.

The chimp attack settlement, which was filed in Stamford Probate court, provides Nash's estate with $3.4 million in real estate, $331,000 in cash, $140,000 in machinery and equipment and $44,000 in vehicles, according to NECN.

Nash's lawyers, however, say the chimp attack settlement will only cover a small fraction of her medical costs, as she needs around the clock care.

"The money that we have obtained for Charla is an insignificant amount in the scheme of things," the Nashes' lawyer Charles Willinger said Thursday. "It won't nearly address her medical needs and her other lifestyle needs, not to mention pain and suffering. That is why we will pursue the entity we think is most culpable, the Energy and Environmental Protection Department of Connecticut, for allowing Sandra Herold to possess the chimp in the first place."

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