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Editor: Gerry W. Beyer
Texas Tech Univ. School of Law

Sunday, June 3, 2012

The Estate of William Martinez Awarded $3 Million

Medical CaduceusRecently, a family man died after engaging in an extra-martial affair with a close friend and another woman. The man, William Martinez, died after suffering from a heart attack. Martinez's family sued his cardiologist, Dr. Sreenivasulu Gangasani, for not advising Martinez to avoid all extraneous physical activities after he determined that Martinez had a "high risk" of clogged heart arteries. Dr. Gangasani wanted to conduct a stress test before he cleared Martinez. Martinez died the day before Dr. Gangasani could perform the stress test. A court awarded the family $3 million in damages. The family originally asked for $5 million in damages but the reward was reduced by 40% when the court determined that Martinez was 40% liable for his death. 

See David Moye, William Martinez, Threesome Death Victim, Family Awarded $3 Million In Medical Malpractice Suit, The Huffington Post, June 1, 2012.

Special thanks to David S. Luber (Attorney at law, Florida Probate Attorney Wills and Estates Law Firm) for bringing this article to my attention.


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