Monday, June 11, 2012

From the you can't make this up file...

A jury has awarded a Georgia woman $3 million over her husband's heart attack, finding that his doctor should have warned the Atlanta cop against strenuous activity like the three-way sex he was having at the time he died, WXIA-TV reports.

William Martinez, a 31-year-old Atlanta police officer, collapsed and died while he and a male friend were having sex with a woman who was not his wife at an Atlanta airport motel in 2009.
Read the rest here.


Chris Jones said...

I'm curious to know what aspect of this outrageous story merits the "idiocy" tag. Was it "idiocy" for a man with a heart condition to do a "three-way"? Or was it "idiocy" for a jury to find a physician responsible for the idiocy of his patient? (How could the jury possibly know what advice the physician did or did not give him? Do doctors now have to give all their advice in writing and keep copies to cover their derrière? That would be idiocy.)

I don't have a heart condition (D. G.), but I have certainly received warnings and advice from my doctor from time to time (usually having to do with eating less and exercising more). What I can't imagine, though, is my doctor saying "I do want you to exercise more, but whatever you do, no three-ways!"

I expect that this poor man might still have died even if he were copulating with his own wife. Would she have sued in that instance?

Matushka Anna said...

Sheesh. So much idiocy.

Sadly, the rule is "if you didn't chart it you didn't do it," in medical liability. I'm an RN and we had to chart the most minute and idiotic things just to close the loopholes. You have to assume every patient will sue you.

On the other hand, while I routinely gave the "no sex for six weeks" instructions to my gyn patients, I never said, "and whatever you do, only have sex with one person at a time."


Chris Jones said...

if you didn't chart it you didn't do it

That's what I thought. That is indeed sad.

John (Ad Orientem) said...

I'm curious to know what aspect of this outrageous story merits the "idiocy" tag.

All good points you raised. But my rational for idiocy is that idea of holding a cardiologist responsible for failing to tell a 31 yr old cop that sword fighting can be dangerous.

And that is as risque as I am getting on this blog...