A woman who caught an STI from her ex-boyfriend in the back seat of his car has successfully sued GEICO insurance for £4.1million after a court ruled in favor of her compensation claim
A woman who contracted an STD from her ex-boyfriend in the back seat of a Hyundai has successfully claimed £4.1million ($5.2million) for car insurance.
The Missouri, America, woman was awarded the hefty sum in a settlement against her ex-boyfriend’s car insurance after she claimed she contracted a sexually transmitted disease in the car.
The couple had sex in the backseat of their 2014 Hyundai Genesis, and five years after the encounter, the Missouri Court of Appeals ruled that the insurance company forked the most over the millions.
GEICO General Insurance Company must pay the woman the millions after a three-judge panel ruled in the woman’s favor.
Court filings showed the woman had told GEICO in February 2021 that she and the assured ex-boyfriend had been in a romantic relationship since 2017.
She told of her intention to seek financial compensation from the insurance company, citing the contract with HPV on an insured person of the car as the reason.
The woman claimed in court documents that her ex-boyfriend was diagnosed with a throat cancer tumor and HPV but continued to have unprotected sex with her despite knowing the risks.
In May 2021, the case’s umpire found that having sex in the car “directly caused or directly contributed to” the HPV infection.
The ex-boyfriend was found liable for failing to disclose his infection status, which in turn meant GEICO had to pay £4.1million for damages and injuries.
Los Angeles attorney Miguel Custodio said the settlement was reasonable, Daily Mail reported.
Custodio said: “If you consider it an injury that you sustained in that person’s vehicle, then it falls entirely within what an insurance company would have to pay.
“The lesson to be learned here is that people need to expand the scope of what an injury is. Most people wouldn’t think that contracting this disease is an injury sustained in a vehicle – although it definitely is.”
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