CT Senate Approves Workers’ Comp for Animal Attack Victims

April 30, 2010 (PLANSPONSOR.com) – Connecticut state senators have approved a bill allowing law enforcement officers to receive workers’ compensation benefits after suffering a life-threatening animal attack.

A Connecticut Post news report said the bill, which now heads to the state House, was prompted by an attack by a 220-pound chimp named Travis that had mauled and nearly killed a woman and then attacked Stamford Officer Frank Chiafari (see CT Bill OKs Police Benefits in Animal Killings).

The city of Stamford informed Chiafari shortly after the incident that he was ineligible for workers’ compensation because he was not attacked by a human being.In the incident, Travis, who had been raised as a pet, went berserk and first attacked an employee of his owner, tearing off her fingers, face, ears, and most of her scalp and blinding her. 

The bill passed the state Senate 29 – 4.