A Fulton County jury awarded more than $4.4 million to a man claiming permanent injuries when a bit of radioactive tracer solution leaked into his arm during a cardiology test at Piedmont Newnan Hospital. The award includes $750,000 for a loss of consortium claim by the man’s wife.

The lead plaintiffs attorney, Lloyd Bell, said a key element in the outcome may have been when the jurors were allowed—over the defense’s “strenuous objections”—to hold the man’s hands in their own in order to gauge the temperature difference that is a symptom of complex regional pain syndrome, which his client claimed to have developed as a result of the injury.

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