$4.3 Million Verdict in Medical Malpractice Suit in Man’s Death

The jury returned the medical malpractice verdict against Athens Heart Center and Dr. Subodh Agrawal after a weeklong trial presided over by Judge Charles Auslander in Athens…onlineathens.com, Athens jury returns $4.3 million verdict in medical malpractice suit in man’s death, Wayne Ford, Athens Banner-Herald, Feb 2023


The lawsuit was filed over the Aug. 25, 2017, death of Juan Molina, an Athens businessman who was also well known in the city’s music scene, where he performed with groups such as The Squalls that was active in the 1980s, and also Little Tigers and Go Van Go.


Juan Molina had gone to his physician and an EKG came back abnormal, so a cardiac catheterization was ordered at St. Mary’s Hospital to determine if he had a heart condition.


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.


This caused complications and they were unable to stop the bleeding.


The trial began Jan. 30 and the case went to the jury on Feb. 6. A verdict was rendered just days later. The jury awarded $3.8 million for the value of life, $500,000 for pain and suffering and $63,000 for medical and funeral expenses.


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