HIV Exposure Transmission Attorney – SDT Infection Lawsuit

Every year, tens of thousands of individuals contract or are sexually transmitted diseases. On most occasions, the individual transmitting the infection does not know of its presence. However, in some instances, a sexual partner knows or should know that there is a possibility of passing on a deadly or harmful STD to another. Such cases are usually separated into two claims:

  1. Claims where the defendant only exposed a sexual partner to HIV or other agents but the disease was not transmitted to the plaintiff. Such cases are predicated on damages based on the emotional trauma sustained by the victim.
  2. Claims where the defendant transmitted the harmful infection to a sexual partner resulting in harm to the individual. Such cases are based on physical harm due to the transmittal of the disease as well and the emotional pain and suffering resulting from the transmittal and exposure.

HIV_InfectionNormandie Law Firm, one of the top law groups in the Los Angeles area, is proud to represent individuals who have suffered grievous harm both physical and psychological due the intentional or wrongful actions of others. If you have any further questions after reading this article, feel free to contact our law offices. All legal consultations are provided free of charge.

Theories of Liability – Winning Your Case in the Court of Law

The state of California has imposed several criminal statutes to protect individuals from exposure to communicable diseases, including STDs.

(1) It is a violation of state law to engage in unprotected sex when you know that you are infected with the HIV virus.

(2) It is a misdemeanor to expose others to a communicable disease.

(3) It is a felony in California to donate tissue when you know that you have an HIV infection.

If you have been affected by someone breaking one of these statutes, call a qualified lawyer experienced in HIV cases to figure out potential legal action.

General Civil Theories of Liability can include the Following:

  • Battery: The defendant offensively touched (exposed) another person without consent, resulting in harm to the individual. Thus, the elements include (a) offensiveness, (b) touching, (c) without consent, (d) resulting in harm.
  • Assault: The defendant intended to cause harmful or offensive contact; that is, the plaintiff believed he was about to be touched in a harmful or offensive contact.
  • Gross Recklessness: Where the defendant knew or should have known that his or her actions would result in a relatively high probability of harm to another person, but made the calculated decision to take part in the action.
  • Negligence: A negligence-based theory of liability is predicated on proving four elements. Did the defendant owe a duty to the victim? Did the defendant breach his duty of care? Was the breach of duty of care the cause of the harm suffered? Were there actual discernible injuries resulting from the breach of the duty of care?

To determine which form of liability, call an expert attorney who has experience in HIV cases.

Recovery Available for Victims – How Much Is My Case Worth

Individuals who have suffered emotional harm and or have contracted a disease due to the intentional or reckless failure of a partner to reveal a venereal agent have the right to compensation for all damages suffered. A calculation of the average case value for such cases is dependent on several factors. An attorney with expertise in HIV injury lawsuits can give you more details on each.

  1. The severity and magnitude of the harm suffered by the victim.
  2. Level of emotional distress and mental anguish from exposure to a deadly disease.
  3. Other types of economic damages, including lost pay and loss of future income due to the contraction of an agent.
  4. Availability of Punitive Damages – courts have awarded punitive damages where the at fault party acted with either the intent to cause harm or acted in reckless indifference for the life and health of a sexual partner. However, these damages are hard to acquire, and only the most skilled attorneys with experience in HIV cases would be able to win them.

Attorney Consultation Available Free of Charge: If you have experienced severe emotional trauma and damages due to the failure of a sexual partner to reveal an STD, or if you have contracted an STD due to the failure of your partner to disclose a venereal infection, feel free to contact our top-rated law firm to learn more about your rights. All legal consultations are freely provided by our accomplished, experienced lawyers.

When you select us for legal representation, you receive a zero fee guarantee on your claim. This means that you do not owe any bills to us for our services; we take our payment from the settlement we win for you, and if we lose, we don’t receive anything at all. This is done to make sure your savings remain untouched throughout the litigation process.

Contact Normandie Law Firm today to receive more information from an experienced attorney who has experience handling HIV injury claims.

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