$4M settlement reached in chimpanzee attack

Posted at 8:06 PM, Nov 30, 2012
and last updated 2012-11-30 20:06:11-05

Charla Nash lost her face and hands after she was attacked Sandra Herold’s chimpanzee in 2009. Today, Nash was awarded $4 million in a settlement against Herold’s estate.

Herold, who died in 2010, had asked Nash to help lure her chimpanzee, Travis, back into his cage.  Instead, the 200 pound chimp brutally attacked Nash, leaving her disfigured and in need of a face transplant.

Although Nash, now 57, underwent the face transplant, she has no hands, is blind, and lives in a nursing home.  Nash had initially sought $50 million in the suit.

According to Nash’s attorney, the $4 million settlement is far less than needed to cover Nash’s mounting medical bills and a lifetime of care.