Claiming for a sexually transmitted disease

Claiming for a sexually transmitted disease. If you have been infected by a sexually transmitted disease you may be able to claim compensation. The infection could be either as a result of a sexual assault, rape or even a consensual act.

Examples of such diseases are :

  • chlamydia
  • gonorrhea
  • syphilis
  • genital herpes
  • genital warts
  • scabies
  • pubic lice

There are two possible methods of claiming compensation in such a situation.

Seek an award from the Criminal Injuries Compensation Authority

The Criminal Injuries Compensation Authority (CICA) is a government-funded body that makes awards to the victims of violent crimes. This includes catching a sexually transmitted disease.

The current level of awards for catching a sexually transmitted disease range from £5,500 to £22,000. The amount depends on the severity and duration of the infection.

Making a claim in such circumstances is never easy, especially in those cases where there is no allegation of forced sexual activity. You will need to show that you not aware of your partner’s condition prior to the infection and that you were free from infection at the time.

It is also crucial that the matter is reported to the police; the CICA will not make an award if the matter has not been reported to the police. You must report it to the police as soon as you know of the infection.

Bringing a civil claim against an individual

Another possible way of recovering compensation is to bring a claim against the individual who affected you. Even though they have committed a criminal act against you, you can still bring a civil claim and seek compensation for your injuries and financial losses.

there does not have to be a police prosecution to bring a civil claim but you will still need evidence that the other party deliberately infected you by failing to advise you as to the condition.

The main problem with any civil claim is that the third-party has to have sufficient available funds to make payment for any award as well as the legal costs that will be involved. The actual amount they will require will depend very much on the circumstances of the infection and the individuals concerned. Whilst such a claim can be dealt with on a no win-no fee basis we would really need very strong evidence as to the available wealth of the potential defendant.

Get the advice you need for claiming for a sexually transmitted disease

If you have contracted an STD and want clear, confidential advice on the possibility of receiving an award then contact Criminal Injury Claims Advice. Our experienced staff will be able to advise you on the best way to ensure that you receive the award that you deserve.

To get the help you need to bring a claim for a financial award from the CICA get in touch with us today:

  • call Mike Massen on 0113 224 7804, We will listen in complete confidence and give you the best advice regarding the strength of your claim and how much you may be entitled to. We will answer all your questions so that you can decide if you want to proceed with your application to the CICA. If you do; we are here for you and can help.
  • email your contact details with as much information as you want to give us and we will call or email you; just let us know what works best for you. Email us at info@cica-criminal-injury.co.uk 
  • pop your details in the contact box on the top right of this page and we will get back to you for a free, confidential chat to see how we can help you.

Your claim can be dealt with on a No Win-No Fee basis so you don’t have to worry about the cost of bringing your claim.

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