STD Contraction Claims
It is against the law for someone to knowingly infect someone or put someone at risk for contracting a sexually transmitted disease (STD). If you or someone you love contracted an STD because of someone else’s negligent actions and/or failure to disclose their STD to you, then you may be able to seek legal representation for STD Contraction to hold the person accountable for their actions. The Carlson Law Firm is prepared to bring these types of claims against individuals who are responsible for knowingly transmitting their STD.
Types of Sexually Transmitted Diseases
At The Carlson Law Firm, we are prepared to bring claims against individuals for transmitting diseases such as, but not limited to, the following:
Genital herpes is a viral STD. There are two forms of herpes: HSV1 and HSV2. The first type of herpes is generally described as a “cold sore” which appears on the mouth/lips and goes away with time. HPV2 or genital herpes manifests itself as sores on the genitalia. Herpes is not completely curable, but can be treated with anti-viral medications.
Human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) is a virus that can lead to Aids and other life-threatening conditions. HIV is transmitted through bodily fluids- not just genital fluids, but blood and even breast milk can be effective methods of transmitting the virus. HIV can be treated, but not cured. The sooner treatment is administered, the better the chances can be of avoiding Aids.
Many researchers consider human papilloma virus (HPV) the most common STD. HPV is the virus commonly associated with cervical cancer, but not all HPV cases lead to cancer. Some people have no symptoms while others suffer from somewhat painful and embarrassing symptoms.
This STD can be cured with treatment. Women are infected in their cervix while chlamydia in men affects the penis/urethra. Chlamydia can lead to pain during intercourse. Many do not detect that they have contracted this disease until months later, although symptoms can appear within weeks.
This is a bacterial STD very similar to chlamydia. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, every year there are 700,000 new reported cases of people who have contracted gonorrhea.
Syphilis sores are usually visible. Many people with this disease use condoms to reduce the risk of transmission, but this cannot completely guarantee that it won’t spread.
Proving Liability in an STD Lawsuit
It can be difficult to prove liability in an STD lawsuit for a few different reasons, but this does not mean that our attorneys at The Carlson Law Firm aren’t up for the challenge. Listed below are various hurdles that you might encounter along the way, but that our firm is prepared to handle so you can receive justice.
- Pinpointing exactly who infected you could be difficult, particularly if you have had more than one sexual partner in recent months. Some people do not find out they have an STD for a long time, which could make it even more difficult to pinpoint the at-fault party.
- Simply transmitting an STD isn’t enough to make someone liable for another’s condition. A person can be liable if it can be shown that they know about their condition, and had intercourse anyway without disclosing the STD to his/her partner.
- Have the battle with these types of cases takes place even before a lawyer is contacted. That is, many people who have contracted STDs can be embarrassed about bringing this type of information to loved ones, let alone a lawyer they have just met. The Carlson Law Firm is committed to complete client confidentiality as well as compassionate legal counsel.
The Carlson Law Firm: Attorneys and Counselors at Law
At The Carlson Law Firm, we take our jobs seriously- we are not only attorneys, but counselors at law. In STD Contraction cases particularly, our clients need both. This is an incredibly sensitive issue that deserves the utmost care and compassion, while simultaneously one of the most difficult to litigate, which requires aggressive representation. If you have contracted an STD because of someone else’s careless or selfish actions in concealing their condition from you, please contact The Carlson Law Firm for a free and confidential evaluation of your case today.