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Father Of Two Dies During Ménage à Trois, Family Awarded $3M For His Deadly Indiscretion

By Danielle Sullivan |

 Dr. Sreeni Gangasani, William Martinez, man dies of heart attack during threesome, family gets $3M for death after threesome, malpractice lawsuits

How much common sense information does a doctor need to tell his/her patient?

Do you think we have gotten just a tad out of hand with the abundance of lawsuits in our country? It sometimes seems as though anyone can blame anything on a doctor, company or manufacturer to get out of taking responsibility for their own behavior and choices. Today’s latest case in point: a Georgia man who died of a heart attack while engaging in amorous, simultaneous activity with two women… neither of which were his wife.

The family of William Martinez was asking for $5 million dollars in a settlement claiming the man’s doctor failed to tell him to not engage in any vigorous physical activity. A week prior to the threesome, Martinez went to Dr. Sreeni Gangasani at the CardioVascular Group in Lawrenceville, Ga. with complaints of chest pain that shot up into his arm. The exact medical report is unclear but he was scheduled to undergo a stress test the following week to further investigate the cause of the pain. Martinez’s lawyers said the doctor never directly told the 31-year-old patient to avoid engaging in any strenuous physical activity.

Dr. Gangasani’s lawyers said they will appeal the decision. It’s also not clear if by “family,”  they mean the man’s wife and two sons or his siblings and parents.

The jury said they didn’t grant the full amount of $5 million requested because they found Martinez to be 40 percent responsible for his own health. That’s something, isn’t it? Not 100, or 80, or even 75 percent responsible for his own health, just 40. I wonder how that determination is made, exactly.

I can see how the family must be devastated by the loss of their family member, and yes, if he visited the doctor just a week before he died, they surely would want to look into it further. But, and this a big but, isn’t it common sense to maybe not engage in a wild threesome when you have just had chest pain and are scheduled for a stress test? Maybe you should just rest and try your best not to work yourself up in any manner.

What do you think? Did the jury get it right? Or is our already litigious society gone totally bonkers?

 

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12 thoughts on “Father Of Two Dies During Ménage à Trois, Family Awarded $3M For His Deadly Indiscretion

  1. CW says:

    Ridiculous, and why we desperately need malpractice reform in our society. No doctor should have to warn his patient, “oh, by the way, don’t engage in adultery because it’s bad for your heart.” I feel bad for the wife, but if she’s going to sue anyone, it should be the sluts who slept with her husband….

  2. bob says:

    Although it is a well established trope, that we are in an “overly litigious society” is not an established fact. Anyway, if you want to reduce litigation, a responsible solution would be to reduce the need for it, instead of restricting people’s ability to sue or to cap damages. We must bear in mind that there is no way to prevent the philandering heart attack patient, like this guy, from winning that won’t also leave more sympathetic plaintiffs without recourse.

  3. Guajolote says:

    Stupid of course. Over on “Being Pregnant” people are always complaining that doctors are fearmongering. This doctor did not warn the patient without cause – he scheduled a test and didn’t try to scare him without having a reason.

  4. Nchan says:

    I feel horrible for the poor doctor. Years in med school and practicing medicine, and then to get sued/destroyed by a random cheating idiot. There should be some common sense laws again such litigation.
    And the family is hurt that this guy is actually gone? Seriously? Or is it about the money?

  5. Latricia says:

    Are you sure it was the strenuous physical activity that killed him or the stress of cheating on his wife and family? A doctor can’t warn against all of the things they think you may do prior to a stress test on your heart.

  6. B says:

    Ditto Bob!

  7. Roxy says:

    As a physician, this scares the bejesus out of me. It’s the reason many of us doctors now have an exit plan.

    I really hope the appeal wins in court. All people are 100% responsible for their own health.

  8. lam says:

    CW – Sluts? I didn’t read anything about either of them being married. Why exactly would they be sued? Oh right, because women always attack the other woman (women) rather than their own philandering mate.

  9. lam says:

    CW – Sluts? I didn’t read anything about either of them being married. Why exactly would they be sued? Women always attack the other woman (women) rather than their own philandering mate.

  10. Linda, T.O.O. says:

    From a medical malpractice standpoitn, why does it make any difference who he was having sex with? Would he have c ase if he’d just gone home and fooled around with his wife? If so, this case shouldn’t really be any different.

  11. lam says:

    oops! sorry for the double post!

  12. Joyce@MommyTalkShow says:

    The jury was wrong. I don’t think the doctor was to blame at all. Only if you have a long chronic illness can doctors really give you a prediction on how long you have to live and even then it’s often wrong!

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