Serving All of California
The Law Firm of Rivers Morrell manages cases throughout the State of California. We are often able to manage cases in other states across the United States. Draw on more than four decades of proven experience and trial success as well as the strong recommendations of former clients and the legal industry alike.
Proving the Source of Herpes, HPV and Other STDs
Reliable STD tests make it more possible to prove a wrongful STD transmission. Getting an STD, especially when you have not been warned that your partner is a carrier, can be one of the most devastating events in a person’s life. This is a lifelong event, as there is no cure. The signs and symptoms of Herpes, HPV and any other STD disease or virus can manifest themselves often, and when least expected. There are medications for most of the symptoms, but there is no cure.
When we get a call from a prospective client, they have many questions. Often it has to do with how difficult it will be to prove that one particular partner is the one that transmitted the virus. A test may assist in this.
Helping my clients to move from a place of hopelessness to a place of empowerment is one of the most important and fulfilling aspects of my work as an STD transmission civil attorney. My clients enjoy the easy, direct access to me through texts, emails and cell phone calls – or a visit to my offices. They appreciate the manner with which I protect their dignity and privacy, while resolving their case to provide the financial resources needed to manage the impact of herpes and move forward positively with their life.
I invite you to review the strong recommendations of our clients and the legal industry as well as the successful verdicts and settlements I have achieved at trial on behalf of my clients, and If you have been given a sexually transmitted disease by a partner without warning I can help you to stand up to them and recover for the challenges you will face in the coming months and years. I invite you to contact me for a free, private and confidential consultation at (949)305-1400.
or Call for a Free, Private and Confidential Consultation Today
Call 949-305-1400 today to speak with Rivers Morrell or Tuan Anh Ho personally and privately for a free, confidential and substantive consultation. It is absolutely possible to hold a person accountable for transmitting an STD without advance warning.
There is hope. We can help.
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Hear From an Actual Client About Her Journey Through STD Transmission and The Process of Holding Someone Accountable and Healing
In this video, “There is Hope,” our client shares her perspective on moving forward from the moment of receiving the news, through selecting an attorney to work with, complications of the pandemic (which delayed legal proceedings) and the strength she gained from the process.
She also shares what it is like to work with Rivers and Tuan as well as words of hope for those who are searching for answers:
Reliable STD Tests
One of the questions we
frequently are asked is what kind of reliable STD test should be chosen? Can a test tell me when I contracted the virus? Should I have a blood test, and/or a culture test?
One of the most important tests to get immediately is an IgG blood test. If this is negative, then this would suggest that the transmission of the Herpes virus is recent. At this same time, you should also get an IgM blood test. This test will be positive before the IgG blood test is positive, and over time, it will become negative. So if you have a negative IgG and a positive IgM, this is more evidence that the transmission is recent.
If the IgG is negative early on, then wait a month to 6 weeks, and get another IgG blood test.
One must be careful about “false negatives”. That is, the test comes back negative, but it is in error. A blood test looks for the body’s reaction to the Herpes infection/virus. That is, when the body has the Herpes infection/virus, the body tries to fight this off by producing certain antibodies. And the blood test is looking for those antibodies.
So you want an early IgG blood test, and presumably it is negative, and then get one later, and if it is negative again, wait again, and get another IgG blood test.
We are trying to narrow down the window so we will be able to prove from whom you contracted the Herpes virus.
The blood test is known to have too many false positives. It can sometimes take up to 2 to 3 months for the test to detect the antibodies that are created to fight off the virus/infection. If you test too early, you might have a false negative. That is, the test is negative, but it is only because the body has not yet produced enough antibodies as of the time of the test, to be detected by the test. The test will very, very likely be a “false negative” in the first month.
On the other hand, when you do a culture test, you are looking directly for the Herpes virus. These reliable STD tests are considered the “gold standard” in testing for Herpes, particularly HSV 2 (genital herpes), if it is positive. The culture test can tell you if you have HSV-1, or HSV-2. A culture test takes a swab from the symptom (lesion), and that is tested. However, the timing on the test is critical, and often you can get “false negatives”. This can happen if you test when the lesion is too small, or already beginning to heal, or the test is too early in the development of the lesion.
To further explain this, please contact our office. These tests can make or break your case.
How and When You Test Can Make A Big Difference in the Success of Your STD Case
One of the most important reasons to speak with Rivers Morrell for a free, confidential and private consultation at (949) 305-1400 is that timing and the strategy of testing is very important in any wrongful STD transmission case.
For example, only 50% of those tested returned a positive test result for herpes after three weeks.
After six weeks from the transmission, over 70% of those tested returned an accurate positive result for the presence of herpes.
The same test is 92% accurate for those who have herpes and other STDs if they wait 12 weeks from the point of transmission before being tested.
Most doctors will only order an IgG Immunoglobulin test. While IgG is a valuable and important test it only confirms the presence of infection. We work with our clients to make sure they also ask for an IgM test. The Immunoglobulin IgM is primarily found in the blood and lymph systems of our body. IgM is the first antibody our systems create when we encounter a new infection.
IgM will usually test positive earlier than IgG and eventually fades. A positive IgM test can help prove the test is recent (helps to establish who transmitted the STD to you).
The bottom line is this: if you test to early you might get an incorrect “negative” result. If you wait too long, you might miss the IgM window which helps us to prove recency. It is important to show what appears to be a “false” early test for herpes which shows positive for IgM followed by a later test which confirms the presence of herpes. This provides strong evidence and can result in a highly successful outcome in your case.
An Experienced Wrongful STD Transmission Attorney
Hear from Rivers Morrell personally about his work with those who are facing questions regarding STD transmission, and why it is important to seek help. You might need to “un mute” the volume at the bottom of the video during playback:
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Proven Unwanted STD Liability Attorney
The Law Office of Rivers J. Morrell III has been handling liability cases for more than 40 years. I will handle your case personally, and you will speak with me personally and in the strictest confidence. Our conversations are protected by attorney-client privilege so you can be confident that your information is safe and protected.