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WA Can I Sue Ex for Personal Injury?

Discussion in 'Personal Injury Law Forum' started by MaryE, 7 October 2016.

  1. MaryE

    MaryE Member

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    I am newly separated. I learned that my husband of 23 years has had affairs and this year, I have had two outbreaks of genital herpes.

    I am 48 years old. My self esteem has been shattered & I'm afraid to have a future relationship as I do not want to pass on this STD. I am so hurt as I trusted him with my soul.

    Can I sue him for personal injury as this is a lifetime sentence?
     
  2. Rod

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    Yes. But it will not be easy and there is no guarantee you'd win.

    You have two possible causes of action against your husband and I recommend seeing a lawyer to discuss it in more detail. The biggest problem I suspect you'll have is that your husband may claim it wasn't him. While you may know it could only have been him, proving it is difficult.
     
  3. MaryE

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    Thank you for your response.

    He hasn't denied it and verbally apologised for passing it on during a confrontation. At first he said that one of us must have contracted it from a toilet seat - (a massive insult to my intelligence).

    You mention that there are 2 possible causes of action. May you please elaborate or direct me to any sites as I can't seem to find any useful information to guide me.

    Thanks once again.
     
  4. Rod

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    Possible causes of action:
    • Intentional infliction of harm
    • Negligence
    It is not straightforward to prepare and initiate legal action for these hence my recommendation to see a lawyer if you are serious.

    Other option is to do what most people do. Accept it happened and pull life together over a period of time. It is not easy but most people recover OK, albeit with a few scars.
     
  5. MaryE

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    I was going to accept it, but why should I be penalised? I won't rant on a public forum (my first participation). The second point assists me greatly. I appreciate that you took time to respond.

    Thanks Rod.
     

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