Edmond & Lindsay Lawyers get Stunning $5 Million Medical Malpractice Verdict in State Court of Gwinnett County (GA) for Medical Negligence

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Attorneys from the plaintiff's firm of Edmond & Lindsay won a $5 million wrongful death/medical malpractice law suit in the Gwinnett Co. (GA) State Court. The case was particularly difficult due to unusual and sensational facts surrounding the victim's death.

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Lawyers from Edmond & Lindsay LLP -- Dr. Rod Edmond, Tricia "CK" Hoffler, Michael Perez, and Keith LIndsay

We give credit to the jury for their ability to not be distracted by the sensational facts of how the victim died. They followed the Georgia law, found negligence, and understood that he could have died after any act of exertion.

In what can only be called an amazing victory for any group of lawyers, the attorneys at Edmond and Lindsay, LLP won a $5 million wrongful death medical malpractice suit in Gwinnett State Court on Tuesday on behalf of a widow and her 2 young sons [Civil Action No. 2010-C-02212-4]. The trial team led by Rod Edmond, M.D., J.D. and Tricia (C.K.) Hoffler was also tried by attorneys Keith Lindsay and Michael E. Perez. “Our case was strong on the medicine but the case was particularly challenging and unusual due to some extraordinary and sensational facts surrounding the victim’s death,” said Dr. Edmond .

According to court documents, in March 2009, a 31 year old husband and father of 2 sons was evaluated by Dr. Sreenivasulu Gangasani, a board-certified cardiologist at the CardioVascular Group, P.C., a large Gwinnett County cardiology practice. The victim had heart related risk factors and tests, including high blood pressure, high cholesterol, and other tests, showing that he was at high risk of having clogged heart arteries. The victim told Dr. Gangasani that he had been having increasing episodes of new chest pain that radiated into his arm. The pain was with exertion and at rest. Dr. Gangasani believed that his condition was probably due to his heart but also negligently believed that the condition was stable. Although his condition required an immediate and urgent workup, an opinion supported by another board-certified cardiologist who testified at trial, Dr. Gangasani ordered a nuclear stress test to be done within 1-2 weeks. The test was scheduled for 8 days later. Tragically, 1 day before the nuclear stress test was to be done, the victim was engaged in a threesome where both he and a friend had sex with a woman, who was not his wife. He died shortly after having sex.

According to court documents, the jury found that the doctor’s medical documentation was missing numerous points of specific information and supported the widow’s allegation that the history taken by the doctor was negligent. The jury also found that with all of the symptoms and tests that Dr. Gangasani had, the patient should have been worked-up immediately instead of allowed to go home.

“In picking the jury, I had to delve into uncomfortable areas that were at the heart of our case such as adultery, threesomes, infidelity and immigration. Our backs were up against the wall but we gave it all that we had for our client”, said CK Hoffler. "The Edmond trial team skillfully pointed out at least a dozen false representations that the Defendant Dr. Gangasani or his experts had given the jury over the course of the week-long trial," Hoffler added. According to the court documents, a Gwinnett County jury found that Dr. Gangasani and his practice were negligent; the jury further found that the deceased was also negligent, and the award was reduced by the court by 40%.

One of the country’s leading trial lawyers, Willie Gary, said, “I was very familiar with the facts of the case because my former law partner CK Hoffler consulted me about the case. It was flat out one of the most difficult cases I have ever seen. But the skill and determination of the lawyers persuaded the jury to do the right thing.”

"We give credit to the jury for their ability to not be distracted by the sensational facts of how Mr. Martinez died. They followed Georgia law, found that the doctor was negligent, and understood that Mr. Martinez could have died after any act of exertion, even the type he would do on his job. With this verdict, the victim’s widow and their two young sons will benefit,” says Dr. Edmond at Edmond & Lindsay.

Edmond & Lindsay, LLP is a firm that practices law with a passion and a commitment to advance the legal battles for those who, through the negligence and carelessness of others, have been severely injured or lost a loved one. We practice law primarily in the areas of medical malpractice, wrongful death, and catastrophic injury.

Our firm’s attorneys have over 75 years of combined legal experience; our partners are experienced courtroom advocates; and Roderick Edmond, M.D., J.D., our founding partner, is a licensed medical doctor which gives us a tremendous advantage when handling the medical aspects of all of our cases both in damages and liability.

At Edmond & Lindsay, LLP, we strive for excellence every day – and this shows in the battles we have won for our clients. Members of our firm have recovered $772,000,000.00 million for clients over the past 20 years. Therefore, when you feel that you or a loved one has been the victim of medical malpractice; when you feel that you’ve suffered a catastrophic injury because of the carelessness of others; when you feel that a loved one has been injured or died because of the fault of others, this, then, is that time to call Edmond & Lindsay, LLP. This is “When I’m Sorry is not enough.”

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