Connecticut chimp attack victim seeks right to sue state

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moneyzoo wrote:


Mar 21, 2014 1:54pm EDT  --  Report as abuse

As tragic as it may be, she also has a hand in putting herself in that position. Every tragedy doesn’t deserve a cash payment at the end. Change the laws to avoid future incidents and pay all her medical/living expenses after the 4 million she already received. $150m is excessive and as they said opens a path we don’t want to go down.

Mar 21, 2014 1:57pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
Fr0ntSight wrote:

Shouldn’t she be trying to sue her friend and not the State? What did the state do? I she were attacked by a dog would she also want to sue the state?

Mar 21, 2014 2:01pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
hi53241 wrote:

Was this her first visit to the house?

Did she not know it was a chimp?

If chimps are dangerous, why didn’t she report it to the police?

I could understand a stranger wandering into the situation feeling the state failed to protect them but not “at the Stamford home of her friend and employer, Sandra Herold” where she had been many times before.


Mar 21, 2014 2:22pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
gregbrew56 wrote:

Mylena – PLEASE have someone look over your comments before posting them. This one, like most, makes no sense, and is simply a waste of space and bandwidth.

Sorry to be so harsh, but you are functionally illiterate, at least in English.

Mar 21, 2014 2:26pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
nocroman wrote:

She already got 4 million and now she wants to sue the state for her stupidity? Sorry, I f your dumb enough to play with a 200 pound chimp that you know doesn’t belong in suburbia but instead belongs in a zoo or it’s own natural envirement then your deserve what you get.
Tghis is neglegence on this womans part, Not the states. As an adult she is supposed to excercise common sense in everything she does. She didn’t! Now she wants money from the state who may or may not have know that HER FRIEND had the 200 pound chimp as a pet.
I say lets prosecute this woman for not reporting that her friend had a dangerous pet that could have killed a child instead or just ripping off her face.

Mar 21, 2014 2:48pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
lag46 wrote:

She shares the lion’s share of the blame for her situation. She helped her friend/employer when the beast got loose. Did she and her employer pay payroll tax? Is she on Social Security disability and Medicaid or SSI/Medicaid. Sue the employer/friend and not the citizens of Connecticut.

Mar 21, 2014 5:15pm EDT  --  Report as abuse

I would say this was between the victim and the chimp and the home owner or renter and the homeowner or renters insurance company the state of Connecticut is certainly not liable just because there were no laws telling this homeowner she should not be trying to keep a wild animal in her home…the fact is we already have WAY too many laws restricting our personal freedoms at some point we have to say enough with the laws and we really need to draw the line on excessive lawsuits it is unfortunate that this woman was attacked by her buddies monkey but it is certainly not Connecticut’s fault and certainly the 150 million figure is absolutely obscene…

Mar 21, 2014 8:58pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
Bobo9 wrote:

Sorry lady – your disfigurement is awfully sad, but you went into that home knowing the chimp was there, so take some personal responsibility for your own actions.
I’d vote No, we won’t allow you to sue the State because it was your own negligence & stupidity that you put yourself into harms way.
How can the State keep you from doing stupid things on your own ??

Mar 25, 2014 7:58am EDT  --  Report as abuse
lewisC wrote:

State/city/county governments should be held liable when there is negligence and allowing a person to keep a chimpanzee as a pet is negligence. However, the amount awarded by a jury (if anything) should be reduced by whatever percentage of negligence the jury attributes to Ms. Nash, which I would say is close to 50%. A person who goes into a house where there is a full-grown chimpanzee is placing themselves in danger the same a person who knowingly enters a house where there is a pit bull.

It’s just a matter of time before one of the states in which its delusional legislators have passed laws forbidding cities/counties to ban pit bull-type dogs gets sued after one of the land sharks attacks and badly injuries, or kills, someone and in that case, the state SHOULD be held liable — as long as the injured party isn’t the dog-owner.

Mar 25, 2014 11:48am EDT  --  Report as abuse
dwilliams3 wrote:

I don’t think this woman has any right to sue the state, and I hope she doesn’t succeed in convincing Connecticut that she does.

Looks like a blatant attempt to “get money.”

Drid Williams
Rockford, MN

Mar 25, 2014 3:11pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
Timbuk3 wrote:

What happens now? Should the State be responsible for every dog and mosquito bite? What about Lyme disease from tick bites? I DEMAND PROTECTION

Ambulance chasing lawyers demand their 50% of $150M!!

I am sorry for her injuries but I am not responsible, her friend is and she is.

Mar 27, 2014 5:09pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
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