Last week a jury awarded a California woman $7 million dollars who unknowingly was infected with the herpes virus from her former lover. With an increase is such incurable sexually transmitted diseases, so too have lawsuits increased.
The lawsuit claimed that the plaintiff, Patricia B., suffered unnecessary humiliation and stress after contracting herpes. Although their relationship was consensual, the defendant, Thomas Redmond knew for over 25 years that he had genital herpes and then still had unprotected sex with Patricia. The lawsuit alleged that the behavior of Mr. Redmond was “outrageous and beyond the bounds of decency”, justifying a punitive damage award, which is not discharged in bankruptcy. The defendant tried to prove that Ms. B was informed of the disease, denied by Ms. B. The jury agreed with Ms. B.
Patricia B. was awarded $ 4 million dollars in compensatory damages and $2.75 million for punitive damages. In addition, she was also awarded the 2004 BMW that he had given to her as a gift during their short 9 month relationship. This case was notable as it is alleging punitive damages from battery and intentional conduct.
If you have been the victim of improper conduct by another, call an experienced California personal injury attorney to protect your rights against that person. You can call us for a free consultation at 1 888 752-7474.