Chimp Victim's Family Readies for Lawsuit

The brother of a woman mauled by a 200-pound chimpanzee in Connecticut last week has been appointed her conservator, and is taking legal steps to prepare a possible lawsuit on her behalf.
Stamford Probate Judge Gerald M. Fox Jr. appointed Michael Nash as temporary conservator to his 55-year-old twin sister, Charla, on Tuesday. Charla Nash was critically injured in a Feb. 16 attack by a chimpanzee owned by her friend, 70-year-old Sandra Herold of Stamford.
In his order, Fox says Nash is in a medically induced coma and in grave condition with serious injuries to her face, head and hands. She is being treated at the Cleveland Clinic in Ohio.
In court papers, Nash says the conservator status is needed to protect his sister's ability to recover damages in future litigation. He did not say who he would sue.

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