Can I file charges in CA for STD?

My ex girlfriend was infected with
chlamydia and gave it to me without
saying that she was infected. Can I file
charges in California?

Asked on April 11, 2016 under Personal Injury, California

Answers:

SJZ, Member, New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 4 years ago | Contributor

For criminal charges, there must have been criminal intent--not merely a careless failure to have warned you, but an actual intention to infect you. Not only is that unlikely, but it could be very difficult to prove.
However, if you can prove that she knew she had the disease or logically must have known, then a failure to warn you would at least be negligent (unreasonably careless) and you could potentially sue her for medical costs and possibly "pain and suffering."


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