A court in Italy has awarded a couple more than $27,000, claiming injuries from a car accident damaged their sex life.
The unnamed female plaintiff said she still suffers from back pain, two years after being run over at a pedestrian crossing. The pain also keeps her from enjoying the sexual relationship she once had with her husband, The Independent reported, citing The Local.
Judge Rino Tortorelli at a court in the Massa and Carrara province in Tuscany ordered the driver’s insurance company to pay 20,000 euros, or about $27,560.
Judge Tortorelli rejected the insurer’s argument that the middle-aged couple were too old to have such an active sex life to begin with.
“You cannot consider age in the couple’s relationship - whether in sexual, social or leisure terms,” he was quoted as saying.
Giuseppe Ricciotti, the couple’s lawyer, said the accident has resulted in serious consequences. He said that the woman’s injuries prevent the couple from participating in any leisure activities including playing sports, cycling and traveling.
“The couple’s relationship was damaged following the accident, not only their sex life but also their daily life,” Ricciotti said.