HIV/AIDS & STD Cases
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In Texas, it is against the law to knowingly or negligently expose another person to a sexually transmitted disease (STD) or sexually transmitted infection (STI) without their consent. A person who knowingly or negligently gave AIDS or another serious STD to their partner could face very serious criminal charges and substantial civil liability.
If you believe that you were intentionally or negligently infected with an STD, you may be eligible to recover financial compensation from the offender. These are complex legal cases — plaintiffs need to obtain professional representation immediately. At DC Law, our Austin, TX STD lawyers are strong advocates for injured victims. Please do not hesitate to contact our law firm for strictly confidential legal guidance.
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To hold another party legally liable for causing a physical injury — including a sexually transmitted disease — a plaintiff must prove that the defendant was negligent or that they intentionally caused harm. In AIDS/STD contraction cases, there are two separate types of claims that can be filed against the alleged preparator.
If the victim believes that they were exposed to a serious STD as a result of the negligent conduct of their former partner, they can file a personal injury lawsuit under Texas’s comparative negligence statute (Tex. Civ. Prac. & Rem. Code Ann. §§ 33.001-33.017). Through a personal injury claim, plaintiffs can seek to hold negligent defendants legally responsible for their damages.
If the victim believes that they were intentionally infected with AIDS or another STD, then the best remedy may be to file a civil battery claim. In many ways, these claims are similar. Though, with a civil battery claim, the victim (plaintiff) will be required to establish that the defendant intentionally infected them with the disease. In this circumstance, there may also be a concurrent criminal case.
Civil STD claims are deeply complex. There are many issues that must be considered and resolved. Most notably, the plaintiff must be able to present evidence that establishes liability. Proving that another party actually gave you a sexually transmitted disease is not sufficient to prove that they are legally responsible for your injuries. Negligence or intentional misconduct must be established. Compensation may be available for the full value of the victim’s damages, potentially including medical bills, medication costs, pain and suffering, emotional distress, and reduced quality of life.
At DC Law, our compassionate Austin, TX AIDS/STD lawyers fight aggressively to protect the legal rights of our clients. We understand the sensitivity that is required to handle these emotionally difficult legal cases.
Our law firm is committed to full confidentiality. To arrange a free, fully private review of your claim, please do not hesitate to contact our law firm by calling 512-220-1800 or reaching out to us directly through our website.