Athens Jury Returns $4.3 Million Verdict in Medical Malpractice Suit in Man's Death
In Georgia, a Clarke County State Court jury awarded the estate of Juan Molina, an Athens businessman and musician, $4.36 million in a medical malpractice verdict against Athens Heart Center and Dr. Subodh Agrawal. Molina died Aug. 25, 2017, at the age of 58 during a routine cardiac catheterization procedure. The award included $3.8 million for the value of life, $500,000 for pain and suffering, and $63,000 for medical and funeral expenses. Attorney Steve Lowry, who represented the Molina estate, said Molina underwent a cardiac catheterization procedure after an abnormal EKG. "It's not without risks, but the risks are very low," Lowry said. "The doctor put the catheter into his ventricle wall, which you are not supposed to do, and injected a contrast or dye into the wall and that completely undermined the wall, which led to a perforation." He said Molina died when they were unable to stop the bleeding.
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