Woman sues dead boyfriend’s estate, claims he gave her herpes
BY JANET LUNDQUIST email@example.com October 22, 2013 4:34PM
Updated: November 24, 2013 6:37AM
A high school math teacher with her heart set on retiring and traveling with her boyfriend set her plan in motion last summer.
But her boyfriend, a businessman from Orland Park, died in March, leaving the teacher unemployed and with a case of herpes, she claims in a lawsuit filed Oct. 15 in Will County.
The woman anonymously filed the lawsuit against her boyfriend’s estate and his family, demanding the money he promised would support her retirement as well as financial damages for the hardship of contracting herpes.
The woman struck up a relationship with the man, her childhood friend, Vincent L. Ruffolo, in October 1999. They became an exclusive couple in October 2002, the lawsuit states.
In late 2011, as Ruffolo planned to sell his security business and retire, he “urged” the woman to retire from her tenured teaching position at Crete-Monee High School, the lawsuit states.
The woman claims she and Ruffolo agreed to retire together, and that he promised to take care of her financially.
When Ruffolo died in March at age 74, the woman learned he had not set up any accounts or documents to fund her retirement, the lawsuit states.
The woman claims in the lawsuit that Ruffolo’s sister told him she would ensure the woman was financially set if he died, yet she has not followed through.
A short time before his death, she noticed that she had physical signs of herpes, according to the lawsuit.
The couple had discussed their sexual past in September 2005, the lawsuit states. Ruffolo said he had been tested for sexually transmitted diseases with negative results.
But the woman claims to have seen visible symptoms of herpes in January, both on herself and on Ruffolo.
She learned after Ruffolo’s death in March that he had herpes, and her doctor confirmed she had it too, according to the lawsuit.
Ruffolo’s family should have told her about Ruffolo’s herpes right after he died, she claims in the lawsuit. She said they didn’t, and that she only learned she had herpes after her own doctor tested for it five months after Ruffolo’s death.
The woman is seeking $50,000 on each of nine counts in the complaint.