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Threesome Kills Man; Family Awarded $3 Million

Threesomes can not only get you in trouble with your significant other, they can kill you as well. On Tuesday, the family of a Lawrenceville man who died during a threesome was awarded $3 million dollars in a medical malpractice suit brought against the man's physician, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports.

William Martinez died in 2009 when his heart gave out during a threesome with a friend and a woman who was not his wife. The medical malpractice suit contended that Martinez's cardiologist, Dr. Sreenivasulu Gangasani, was aware that the man had high blood pressure and was at risk of having clogged arteries but failed to instruct him to avoid strenuous activity.

According to the family's attorneys, Gangasani failed to take the necessary precautions after Martinez complained to him about experiencing chest pains. Tests performed during the appointment, which took place a week before Martinez's death, showed that Martinez had high blood pressure and was at risk for having clogged heart arteries. According to the suit, Gangasani scheduled a stress test for eight days later, but neglected to tell Martinez to take it easy in the mean time.

Martinez's fateful three-way took place a day before the stress test was scheduled to occur. According to the family's suit, it's standard operating procedure for physicians to advise patients like Martinez to avoid all physical activity. The family contended that Gangasani was liable for medical malpractice for the omission.

Patients or their families generally bring medical malpractice claims where a doctor, hospital, or health care provider negligently or recklessly causes injury to the patient. When a doctor is being sued, the plaintiff must show that the doctor's behavior fell below the standard of care accepted in his or her field. This often means that the doctor failed to do something that is generally viewed as necessary in his area of medicine, and the patient was harmed as a result.

The Gwinett jury that awarded William Martinez's family $3 million likely found that Dr. Sreenivasulu Gangasani was negligent in failing to tell Martinez to avoid physical activity, and that most cardiologist wouldn't have made that mistake. Martinez is survived by his wife and two children.

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