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Transmitting HIV in California may No Longer Be a Felony…

Transmitting HIV in California may no longer be a felony but it is still a civil offense and you can hold someone of substance financially liable for transmitting HIV in Los Angeles or anywhere in California without warning you in advance of intimate contact.  Filing a civil lawsuit is not extortion.  The laws of California recognize the financial damages incurred by the victim of a celebrity, recording artist, TV or film director or producer, or professional athlete who transmit HIV or any other STD without warning intimate partners in advance of contact. My name is Rivers Morrell, and for more than 40 years I’ve been representing injured Californians and victims of STD transmission.  I understand the weight my clients feel when they first call to speak with me.  Many have thanked me for listening to them, for believing them.  I have seen too many cases where a person of power,

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STD Transmission in Orange County on the Rise

The rate of STD transmission in Orange County is on the rise, but it is possible to hold a person of financial substance accountable for transmitting an STD like herpes, HPV or HIV without advance warning.  Those who carry an STD in California are required by law to warn any and all potential intimate partners prior to physical contact that they carry an STD.  In many cases the parties responsible do not have the means to warrant an STD civil action, but many do.  If a person of substance, such as a business owner, celebrity, professional athlete or even a clergy member gives you an STD I can help you to hold them financially accountable for their actions. Your partner may try to intimidate you, threaten you or simply tell you it’s “your word against theirs,” or “I have the best attorneys and you won’t win,” or “you probably got

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HIV Transmission Attorney Serving California LA and Orange County

Knowingly transmitting HIV or the AIDS virus to a sexual partner without warning them in advance that you are a carrier or at risk is against the law in California.  The recent public admission of Charlie Sheen has brought this back into the consciousness of Californians, and as an HIV transmission attorney and personal injury lawyer with more than 40 years of experience and several successful STD transmission cases, I can shed some light on the core legal issues. If you have any STD – Hncluding HIV, AIDS, Herpes, Hepatitis C, or HPV – you are required by law to notify all potential partners prior to intimate contact.  The failure to do so opens a person to “civil” liabilities under California law, allowing a person who is infected to pursue appropriate financial “damages” including, but not limited to: All present and future related medical costs Prescription Drug Treatment Costs Emotional Counseling

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Don’t Be Intimidated by a Person Who Has Given You an STD

Don’t be intimidated by a person who has given you an STD.  This often occurs when a person of wealth, power or fame gives an intimate partner an STD without warning them in advance of contact that they are a carrier.  Transmitting an STD without advance warning prior to contact is against the law here in California, and in almost every state across the nation.  What happens next is just as wrong – it robs a person of their dignity, and places them in a position of fear and uncertainty. “It’s my word against yours.” “You must have gotten it from someone else.” “You can’t prove you received an STD from me.” “I have the best lawyers money can buy.” “You had better not go public with this.” Threats and intimidation, whether overt or veiled, are unfortunately a common experience for many of my STD clients.  My name is Rivers Morrell,

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

HIV transmission without advance warning is against the law 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 including

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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

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Transmitting HIV or any other STD Without Warning is Against the Law

Transmitting HIV, AIDS or any other STD without providing an intimate partner without warning is against the law 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 949-273-2693. 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 rest of

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Personal Injury Claims for Sexually Transmitted Diseases

Most people are unaware that there are both criminal and civil causes of action for the knowing transmission of a sexually transmitted disease or STD without warning in the state of California. For instance, if a boyfriend knowingly conceals the fact that he has Genital Herpes and transmits this to his girlfriend, the girlfriend may be able to sue the boyfriend for her damages. Many people are ashamed to bring these types of lawsuits, but they are growing in popularity, and for the right case the damages could be high. The damages in these types of cases can consist of medical treatments required as a result of the infection, the pain and suffering sustained as a result of the shame of having an incurable disease, and the future pain and suffering as a result of carrying this lifelong infection (in the case of Genital Herpes or HIV). Due to the

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