Italian couple claims accident ruined their sex life, awarded $27,000

An Italian judge has agreed with a couple who said injuries from a car accident damaged their sex life, awarding them more than $27,000.

The female unidentified plaintiff said she still suffers from back pain, two years after she was run over at a pedestrian crossing. The pain prevents her from enjoying the healthy sexual relationship she once had with her husband, the UK newspaper The Independent reported Monday, citing La Nazione.  

Tuscan Judge Rino Tortorelli ordered the driver’s insurance company to pay 20,000 euros, or about $27, 560, rejecting the insurer’s argument that the middle-aged couple was too old to have such an active sex life.

 “You cannot consider age in the couple’s relationship -- whether in sexual, social or leisure terms,” Tortorelli said.

The couple’s lawyer, Giuseppe Ricciotti, said the accident has created serious consequences. “The couple’s relationship was damaged following the accident, not only their sex life but also their daily life,” Ricciotti said.

Ricciotti said the woman’s injuries prevented the couple from participating in many leisure activities, including playing sports, cycling and traveling.