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What Kind of Damages Can I Recover If I Get an STD?

Have you been injured in an accident? Contact Orange County attorney Rivers J. Morrell at (949) 305-1400 for a free consultation.

Transmitting HIV to Another Person Without Warning Is a Civil Code Violation in California

Transmitting HIV to another person through intimate contact without warning is a civil code violation in California.  HIV is an especially dangerous STD as it can substantially and permanently affect your health and can lead to the development of the AIDS virus and other serious and potentially life threatening illnesses.  California law requires a person who is HIV positive to notify all potential intimate partners in advance of actual contact that they are a carrier of the disease.  When a person of substance transmits HIV or an STD without warning you in advance of sexual contact, you can hold them accountable. In order to receive the appropriate compensation for your present and future medical costs, lost employment opportunities, the burden of carrying HIV and the impact this will have on your social life, the partner who transmitted the disease must have resources.  If the person who knowingly transmitted HIV was

Genital Herpes Infections and Personal Injury Claims

Genital Herpes infections are caused by the Herpes Simplex Virus (HSV) which is one of the most common types of sexually transmitted infections that there is. Most people are unaware that genital herpes can be caused by both HSV-1 and HSV-2 viruses.  Recent data from the Center for Disease Control (CDC) estimates that the overall prevalence of HSV-2 infection in the general population is approximately 15-20%. That is almost one out of every five people is infected with this virus, which is currently incurable, and remains in the blood. Once infected by the Herpes Simplex Virus, there are many different symptoms that can occur. However, in many people infected, they will remain asymptomatic during their life and may not even know that they have been infected. However, in others, they may start to see symptoms ranging from blisters, open sores, lesions, redness, and itchiness around the genital area.  These symptoms typically occur

Transmitting HIV or any other STD Without Warning is A Civil Code Violation

Transmitting HIV, AIDS or any other STD without providing an intimate partner without warning is a civil code violation in California.  It is possible to hold a partner financially responsible for transmitting HIV, AIDS or an STD and our office has extensive experience and expertise in these cases.  Obviously, the person transmitting the disease must be a person of substance to justify legal action.  If you are given an STD by a medical professional, TV personality, professional athlete, celebrity or other person of substance we invite you to contact us for a free, private and confidential consultation at (949) 305-1400. Charlie Sheen accused people of extortion when they approached him about legal action for transmitting HIV.  This is not the case.  It is not extortion to recover for the financial impact of transmitting an STD without advance warning.  You have been injured, and you will require medical attention for the

STD Rates on the Rise Due to Popularity in New Dating Apps?

Many STD’s such as genital herpes (hsv-2), chlamydia, HIV, HPV, and gonorrhea were on the downswing for many years, with lower rates of infection in the general population. However, recent statistics from the Center for Disease Control indicate that this trend is over, and many STD rates are on the rise again.   Many experts have many theories for the rise in STD transmission rates among the population, and one of the explanations focuses on the popularity of new dating apps such as Tinder. New dating mobile applications such as Match.com, Tinder, and Plenty of Fish work to match up potential couples. It is a form of speed dating with many individuals going on multiple dates frequently. As a result of the ease of use, and the huge pool of applicants, experts believe that it has helped to loosen attitudes towards casual sex and encourage promiscuity. In term, this has let

If You Receive HIV Without Advance Warning from a Celebrity or Person of Means You Can Hold Them Responsible

The recent case of Charlie Sheen is still fresh in everyone’s mind.  It still surprises me that celebrities and people of substance fail to understand the responsibility they carry when they enter a new physical relationship after learning of their own HIV infection.  California law requires anyone with HIV, or any Sexually Transmitted Disease or STD, to notify all potential intimate partners before any physical contact occurs.  The failure to do so opens them to exposure under the law, including financial responsibility for all past, present and future medical bills and the impact that carrying an infection such as HIV will have upon the life of a person who received an STD without notice or warning.  If you receive HIV without advance warning from an intimate partner of means you can hold them accountable. HIV infection rates are beginning to climb again according to the Centers for Disease Control or

Transmitting an STD such as HIV without Warning is Illegal in California

Transmitting an STD such as HIV without providing advance warning to your partner is a civil code violation in California.  If the person who gave you HIV is a person of substance or financial means we are able to hold them financially accountable in a civil action to ensure that you have the resources necessary to seek the treatments and medication you will require to battle HIV.  HIV cases are on the rise in Southern California, and there have been several notable cases involving celebrities in the news recently.  HIV is indiscriminate, and affects all walks of life and all professions including doctors, business owners, college professors, TV personalities and even members of the clergy.  If you were not warned by your partner in advance of intimate contact by a person of substance and have been diagnosed with HIV we can help. We can hold them responsible for the extensive

Intimidation in STD Transmission Cases Can Result in a Civil Lawsuit

Intimidation in STD transmission cases is quite common, and there is no way you should have to tolerate it.  If you were given an STD by a partner who did not tell you they carried an STD prior to intimate contact you can hold them financially responsible.  In many cases, especially those where the person who transmits Herpes, HPV or HIV is famous, or a person of wealth or substance, subtle threats or intimidation are used in an attempt to keep you quiet. “It’s your word against mine.” “You can’t prove I’m the source.” “You’ve had other lovers, how can you prove it was me?” “I have the best lawyers money can buy….” Don’t listen to intimidation or threats if you have been given an STD without warning.  My name is Rivers Morrell, and for more than 40 years I have protected injury victims, including those who have received an

HIV Transmission Without Advance Warning Can Result in a Civil Lawsuit in California

HIV transmission without advance warning is a civil code violation in California, and in almost every state here in the US.  If you contract HIV from a person of substance such as an actor or actress, TV personality, professional athlete, business owner or another person of substance or wealth you can hold them financially accountable.  My name is Rivers Morrell, and I have extensive experience in STD transmission cases such as HIV here in California.  After more than 40 years in practice I can tell you that these cases require extensive trial experience, deposition and negotiation skill and credibility.  It is absolutely possible to prove that you received HIV from a specific person, and hold them accountable for transmitting it to you without warning. When a person learns they have an STD such as HIV, it changes their entire outlook on life.  It is quite natural to experience a breadth of emotions

Drug Resistant Strain of Gonorrhea May Become a New STD Transmission Threat

A new global strain of Gonorrhea may become a new STD transmission threat for residents of Orange County and Los Angeles.  The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) have been warning of developments regarding this strain.  The so-called “Super Gonorrhea” may become completely resistant to antibiotics and the CDC is concerned about global spread.  The STD has reached London, and this is a jumping off point as world travelers unknowingly carry the disease after a visit to the international city. Once a person becomes aware that they carry an STD such as Super Gonorrhea, they are required by California law to inform their partner that they carry an STD prior to intimate contact.  The failure to do so brings significant civil penalties and financial exposure to the person who transmitted the disease without warning.  In order for these cases to be successful, the person who transmitted the disease must be a
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