What Are My Rights if My STD Is Curable?

Compensation for Domestic Tort Victims

When the harm caused by a domestic tort is permanent, the victim's rights and course of action are clear. For example, if your spouse or partner has knowingly infected you with herpes or HIV, you may be entitled to compensatory and punitive damages for your medical costs, lost income and emotional distress. You may also be able to obtain punitive damages.

In cases involving curable STDs such as gonorrhea, syphilis or hepatitis C, your resulting damages are lower and your right to a financial recovery is less clear-cut.

Some STDs, however, such as gonorrhea and chlamydia, have serious secondary effects such as infertility and a higher risk for ectopic pregnancy. Gonorrhea can also facilitate the transmission of human immunodeficiency virus (HIV). Recently, public health professionals have documented the spread of incurable gonorrhea in Hawaii and California.

In these situations, people who have been inflicted with an STD by their spouses or partners may have a legal course of action in the form of a domestic tort lawsuit. Only an in-depth case analysis by an experienced domestic tort lawyer can determine whether your case has merit and what your legal options are.

The Schoenberg Family Law Group, P.C. in San Francisco is a team of experienced attorneys who represent clients in cases involving domestic torts such as the passing of incurable venereal diseases and infections by spouses and partners. In a confidential consultation, we can evaluate your case and discuss your legal rights regarding financial compensation.

For a consultation about your case and your legal options, contact the Schoenberg Family Law Group, P.C. in San Francisco, California.