A woman has won $5.2m (£4.1m) from an insurance company after claiming she contracted a sexually transmitted infection in a car she had a policy on.
The plaintiff, a Missouri woman identified only as MO, says she had sex with her partner in a car insured by Geico.
According to court documents, she claims it caused her to catch HPV (human papillomavirus) because the man didn’t tell her he had the infection.
HPV can lead to cervical cancer if left untreated and can also lead to genital warts.
In February of last year, MO told Geico, a Maryland-based firm, that she planned to sue them for $1 million because the man’s police with them should have covered his “injuries and losses”.
Geico refused to pay the settlement, saying instead that his “injury” did not occur as a result of “normal use of the vehicle”.
An arbitrator later ruled she should be awarded $5.2 million in damages.
The woman then filed a petition in Jackson County Court seeking her damages money.
On Thursday, a three-judge Missouri Court of Appeals panel upheld its claim after various appeals from Geico.
But the company says it is planning a federal lawsuit to argue that the woman was not covered by her boyfriend’s insurance policy.
In a statement Thursday, Geico said the trial would determine if there was “cover in this case.”
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