A judge has ordered an employer to pay $5.89 million in damages to a man who said a work-related head injury led to a heightened libido that eventually ruined his marriage, The Guardian reports.
Stephen Tame was working in a bicycle warehouse for Professional Cycle Marketing in Essex, England, when he fell from a gantry and suffered serious head injuries. Tame was in a coma for nearly two months and still suffers from tunnel vision, slurred speech, and other problems related to the fall, the newspaper reports.
He says the injuries also created a permanent loss of inhibition and that his libido is uncontrollable, which he says has led to two affairs. In court, a lawyer for Tame called the condition "fatuous euphoria."
In ruling in favor of Tame, a judge said that Tame's career and marriage face serious obstacles as a result of the injuries. Tame and his wife are trying to keep the marriage together. They had been married for just eight months at the time of the accident.
"This young man has been transformed and in a sense the fact that he has some awareness makes it worse because every moment he is reminded of what he might have been but for the accident," Judge Michael Harris said. "On my conclusions, he has lost his marriage and probably lost the prospect of a family."
Source: The Guardian