Georgia (The Gaslamp Post) – It wasn’t the three-way he was having that killed the young police officer, it was the fact that a doctor failed to alert him to a heart condition. At least, that’s what the jury in the case believes. A jury in Lawrence, Ga. awarded the widow of an officer who died of an apparent heart attack after sex, $3 Million, in a negligence and medical malpractice suit against the officer’s doctor.
The deceased Atlanta police officer, William Martinez, 31, along with a friend, had sex with a woman at a motel near the Atlanta Airport on March 12, 2009. The woman was not Martinez’s wife. He reportedly fell off the bed and was unresponsive. Martinez was transported by EMS to the hospital where he was pronounced dead.
Attorneys for Mrs. Martinez claim that William’s doctor, Dr. Sreenivasulu Gangasani failed to properly diagnose and treat him for shortness of breath, chest pains, high blood pressure, and irregular heartbeat. Martinez’s official cause of death was “atherosclerotic coronary artery disease,” which could have been brought on by strenuous physical activity that Dr. Gangasani allegedly failed to warn him to avoid.
“The type of sex that he was engaged in is the type that’s totally unacceptable to our community,” said Martinez family attorney Dr. Rod Edmond. “But the fact of the matter is this man could have died running on the treadmill, running after a criminal.”
In a statement to WXIA-TV, attorney Page Powell who represents Dr. Gangasani said the following:
“Dr. Gangasani did everything he could to prevent Mr. Martinez’s death. Mr. Martinez had a well-documented history of not following his doctors’ instructions. Here, after examining Mr. Martinez, Dr. Gangasani recommended follow-up cardiac testing, and he offered Mr. Martinez an appointment for the next day to have the testing performed. Mr. Martinez refused, and instead he scheduled the testing to take place one week later-the day after the sexual encounter that he had planned. Dr. Gangasani also specifically told Mr. Martinez not to engage in any strenuous activity, but unfortunately Mr. Martinez ignored this warning. Dr. Gangasani also gave Mr. Martinez appropriate medications, including aspirin, nitroglycerin, and cholesterol-lowering medications, and told Mr. Martinez to go to the emergency room immediately if he experienced any further chest pain. Thus, while Mr. Martinez’s death was a tragedy, it could have been prevented if he had simply followed Dr. Gangasani’s recommendations and instructions.”
Still, a jury found Dr. Gangasani negligent in the death of Officer William Martinez. They did however decide that Martinez was at least 40% responsible for his own death, which brought the award down to $3 Million, from $5 Million.
Martinez leaves behind a wife and two young sons, 7 and 9.