Los Angeles Herpes Lawyer

Can I Sue Someone Who Gave Me HSV-1 or HSV-2?

There is no cure for the Herpes simplex virus. It requires a lifetime of prescription treatment and is characterized by large sores on the skin that are painful and tender to the touch. The herpes virus can be transmitted even if the sores are not present which is one of the reasons why herpes is such a commonly transmitted STD.

There are two types of herpes:

  • HSV 1 – Most commonly known as cold sore oral herpes, though this infection usually appears around the mouth.
  • HSV 2 – Genital herpes is the most common form of herpes. These sores appear around the genitals or anus.

Someone who has herpes is obligated to disclose their condition with any sexual partner, whether it is a committed relationship or not. Failing to notify a sexual partner, or, failing to get tested for herpes if there is a possibility of infection, is negligence.

If your sexual partner knowingly or negligently gave you herpes, you can file a lawsuit to hold them accountable. Call our herpes lawyer today at (833) 456-3529 for a free consultation.

Identifying Herpes

The most noticeable symptom of herpes simplex is the blisters and sores that appear on the skin. However, these are not present at all times, and there are other signs that can indicate you have herpes.

Lesser-known symptoms of herpes include:

  • Painful, burning sensation when urinating
  • Difficulty urinating
  • Pain around the genitals
  • A pervasive aching feeling
  • Fatigue
  • Flu-like symptoms including fever, chills, and headache

These symptoms can be treated, but that means another medical expense you have to deal with. The person responsible for transmitting this disease to you should bear some of the responsibility. A successful herpes lawsuit can provide you with the compensation you need for your medical bills and pain and suffering.

The Dangers of Genital Herpes (HSV-2)

Genital herpes may cause painful ulcers that can be severe and persistent in patients. Both HSV-1 and HSV-2 can also cause rare but serious complications such as aseptic meningitis (inflammation of the linings of the brain). Development of extragenital lesions (e.g. buttocks, groin, thigh, finger, or eye) may occur during the course of infection.

Many people who contract HSV-2 have concerns about how it will impact their overall health, sex life, and relationships. There is significant mental trauma that comes with a diagnosis of Herpes. Considerable embarrassment, shame, and stigma associated with a herpes diagnosis oftentimes severely interferes with a patient’s psyche.

Pregnant women face additional dangers from genital herpes, as HSV-2 can be passed on to their baby during childbirth.

Statute of Limitations for a Herpes Lawsuit

In order to recover compensation for a herpes transmission, you must file your lawsuit within the statute of limitations. Every state has a different statute of limitations for personal injury lawsuits and other civil claims. In California, the statute of limitations is two years, but other states give only one year, and some up to five years. You can find your own state's statute of limitations here.

Contact KMD Law today to schedule a free consultation with our experienced herpes attorney.


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