STAMFORD, CT. (WPIX)—A Connecticut woman who was brutally mauled and blinded by a chimpanzee plans on launching a $150 million lawsuit against the state.
The legal team representing Charla Nash filed a notice Wednesday with the state's Office of Claims Commissioner asking for permission to sue the state.
The incident occurred on Feb.16 when Travis, a 200-pound chimp, attacked Nash, while she was at her friend's Stamford home. She lost her hands, nose, lips and eyes in the brutal attack.
Doctors at Ohio's Cleveland Clinic, where Nash is being treated, said she faces at least two years of surgical procedures.
A Department of Environmental Protection biologist reportedly warned state officials before the attack that Travis could seriously injure someone if he felt threatened.
Nash's family has already launched a $50 million lawsuit against Travis' owner, Sandra Herold. Part of the suit alleges, Herold had given the animal medication that may have upset him. For her part, Herold has given conflicting accounts of whether Travis had ingested Xanax the day of the attack.
Herold, who still faces possible criminal charges, told authorities she had called Nash to her home in February to see if she could help lure Travis back into the house. For some reason, the chimp began attacking Nash, although it has been speculated Travis was trying to protect his owner and didn't recognize Nash because she had a different hair style.
The brutal attack came to an end when police shot Travis dead as he attempted to get inside a police car.