Jury awards $3 million in sex death

May 31, 2012 at 3:34 PM
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LAWRENCEVILLE, Ga., May 31 (UPI) -- The estate of a man who died while having sex before having a heart stress test was awarded $3 million by a Georgia jury in a medical malpractice lawsuit.

Prosecutors in the case allege that William Martinez, 31, died on March 12, 2009, because he was not warned by a doctor at Cardiovascular Group to stop all physical activity until the stress test was completed, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported.

The man, a husband and father of two, engaged in a threesome with a friend and a woman who was not his wife week after having an appointment at Cardiovascular Group in Lawrenceville for chest pains that were radiating into his arm.

At that time, Dr. Sreenivasulu Gangasani did not take a proper medical history or advise Martinez to stop all physical activity until his stress test, scheduled the day after Martinez died, was completed.

Martinez had high blood pressure and other tests showed he was at high risk of having clogged heart arteries.

On Tuesday, jurors awarded Martinez's estate $5 million, but they also found Martinez to be 40 percent liable for his own death, reducing the verdict to $3 million.

Gary Lovell Jr., who represented Gangasani and CardioVascular Group, said, "We're definitely going to appeal the verdict and the judgment."

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