Personal trainer sues date for over £130k claiming she was ‘negligent’ in giving him cold sores
A personal trainer is suing a woman he kissed on a date for more than £130,000, claiming she was “negligent” in giving him cold sores.
Martin Ashley Conway, 45, said Jovanna Lovelace failed in her “moral, ethical and legal duty” by not telling him she had an active sore before they snogged during a romantic meet-up in London last year.
The fitness coach, from Paddington, west London, said he developed mouth ulcers a few days after the encounter, and was left “traumatised” when he was subsequently diagnosed with herpes simplex virus at hospital.
He is claiming £136,328 in compensation from his date, including over £100,000 for fortnightly therapy sessions he says he needs until the age of 79 because “the lifelong virus” has blighted his career prospects and left him at risk of mental health issues.
In a claim form submitted to the Central London County Court, Mr Conway said: “As a herpetic, the respondent had a moral and ethical and legal duty to warn me of the risks that I would be exposed to, considering the contagious nature of the virus and herpes being a ‘virus for life’.
“I did not freely enter into the risks relating to the injury or any type of contagion. I was kissed before I was informed of any cold sore.”
“I have suffered from depression in the past and I fear that I will need regular psychological support to manage the added psychological burden caused by the nature of the infection which has been given to me,” he added.
However, Ms Lovelace, aged in her 30s, denies any liability and is contesting the claim, which her lawyers describe as “frivolous and vexatious”.
The pair, who met online, were in an “emotional and romantic relationship” at the time of the date in July 2019, but relations have since broken down, it was said.
The compensation claim will be considered at a further hearing later this year.
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