Georgia Threesome Leads to Multi-Million-Dollar Verdict

Post #3 image. 2012-06-04.jpgThe family of a man in Georgia who died after engaging in a threesome with a woman and a male friend has been awarded $3 million from his cardiologist because the doc failed to warn the amorous man to avoid physical exertion.

In 2009, 31-year-old William Martinez, a police officer from outside Atlanta, went to cardiologist Dr. Sreenivasulu Gangasani complaining of chest pain that radiated into his arm. Dr. Gangasani correctly determined that Martinez was at “high risk” of having clogged heart arteries and ordered a stress test to be done eight days later. Sadly for Martinez’ family he died the day before his scheduled test while having a threesome with a friend and a woman who was not his wife.

The young cop and a male friend met late on the evening of March 12, 2009 to have a threesome with a woman at a motel on Virginia Avenue near the Atlanta airport. Around 3 a.m. he fell off the bed and became unresponsive. When EMT’s were not able to revive him, they took him to nearby South Fulton Medical Center where he was pronounced dead less than an hour later.

The lawyers for the family represented Martinez’ estate and argued that Dr. Gangasani failed to take a proper medical history and failed to inform the patient to stop all physical activity until the test was completed. Apparently the case was convincing as Georgia jury agreed and awarded Martinez’ family $3 million in damages. The estate original sued for $5 million but the number was reduced after it was determined that Martinez was 40% liable for his own death.

The plaintiff’s attorneys had a strong case based on the medicine but admitted that they had a lot of overcome given the juicy details of the case. They had to work hard to direct the jury’s attention back at the medical facts and away from the more sensational aspects of events. “In this case, you had adultery, you had infidelity, you had a Ménage a Trois and you had the fact that he was a police officer,” admits one plaintiff’s attorney Tricia Hoffle.

The defense attorney, Gary Lovell, who represented Dr. Gangasani and the medical group where the consult occurred, CardioVascular Group, said Martinez was in fact “instructed to avoid exertional activity until after the nuclear stress test was completed” and said he plans to appeal the verdict.

Though this is certainly a bizarre instance, we see ordinary instances every day of medical malpractice leading to injury and death for innocent victims. If you would like to speak with a Mississippi medical malpractice attorney about a potential medical malpractice claim, call Mississippi medical malpractice lawyers at Kobs & Philley today at (601) 863-8170.

Source: “William Martinez, Threesome Death Victim, Family Awarded $3 Million In Medical Malpractice Suit,” by David Moye, published at HuffingtonPost.com.

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