An insurance company was ordered to pay $5.2 million to a woman after she unintentionally caught a sexually transmitted disease (STD) from her ex-partner in his car.
The decision of the Missouri State Court of Appeals, in the United States, was handed down on Tuesday (7) and favored a resident of Jackson County.
According to information from the newspaper “Kansas City Star”, three judges considered valid the judgment handed down against GEICO General Insurance Company, an auto insurance company, through previous arbitration proceedings.
The decision analysis was carried out after the insurance company tried to undo the initial action. According to the company, errors were made in the Jackson court and that the settlement was not made under the law in force in Missouri.
According to court documents, the victim sued the company in February 2021. She informed her intention to seek monetary compensation, claiming that she contracted HPV, the human papillomavirus, from an insured in his car.
In the lawsuit, she alleged that the man caused her to become infected with the STD, despite being aware of her condition and the risks of unprotected sex. The insurer refused the settlement, sending the case back to arbitration.
In May 2021, the arbitration determined that sexual intercourse inside the vehicle “directly caused, or directly contributed to cause” the HPV infection. The man was held responsible for not disclosing his infection status and the woman was to receive $5.2 million in moral and physical damages to be paid by GEICO.