By Shaun Murphy
Genital Herpes is one of the most common sexually transmitted diseases. According to the Center for Disease Control, between 15-20% of the general population is infected with Herpes Simplex Virus 2. This fact can be worrisome considering that Herpes is a disease that remains in a person’s blood and is not curable.
Symptoms of Genital Herpes
Symptoms of genital herpes include blisters, lesions, open sores, and itchiness in the genital area. However, there are many people who have no symptoms at all. In fact, some people go their entire lives without knowing that they have been infected with the Herpes Simplex Virus.
Disclosure of Genital Herpes to a Partner in California
California requires that anyone diagnosed with a sexually transmitted disease disclose this status to their sexual partner. Those who do not disclose their status may face both criminal and civil charges due to failure to disclose. When someone fails to inform their sexual partner of their status, this opens the door for various forms of potential lawsuits.
Cases from Our Personal Injury Firm
If you or someone you known have been affected by a knowing partner, considering speaking with a Palm Springs personal injury lawyer. Our firm has skilled attorneys who provide quality representation.
Consider the following cases:
Patricia Behr v. Thomas Redmond
Background: Patricia Behr was a single mother who began a relationship with Thomas Redmond. Redmond failed to disclose that he had genital herpes, thereby infecting Patricia. After filing suit against Redmond, a jury found Redmond guilty and awarded Behr with $6,753,600 in damages and medical expenses.
Kathrin Saadian v. George Saadian
Background: Kathrin Saadian’s husband, George, infected her with genital herpes. George was infected with the disease from one of several extramarital affairs he had during their 16-year marriage. After filing suit, Kathrin was awarded $2,492,000 in damages and medical expenses.