Michael Jackson Medical Malpractice Wrongful Death Case
According to a CBS news report, the Los Angeles County coroner ruled Michael Jackson’s death a homicide, caused by Propofol intoxication. While a separate criminal case brought against Dr. Conrad Murray is ongoing for involuntary manslaughter, Michael Jackson’s father had his lawyer re-file a wrongful death lawsuit against the doctor with Los Angeles Superior Court in January 2011. The lawsuit names two parties, Dr. Murray and Applied Pharmacy Services, which sold Murray the medication given to Michael Jackson.
Jackson’s mother, Katherine, also brought a lawsuit against the concert promoter, AEG Live. Her suit claims that AEG agents agreed to provide medical equipment and hire Murray for Jackson to help him prepare for the comeback London concerts.
More about the coroner ruling
Initially, the coroner delayed the ruling on Michael Jackson’s cause of death and awaited autopsy results. More details of the coroner ruling reported by CBS News revealed that Michael Jackson was healthy overall, except for some minor health issues. Other than insomnia, he had arthritis in the lower spine and fingers, mild plaque buildup in leg arteries, and lung inflammation, which was the most significant issue and could result in reduced lung capacity. However, the lung condition was not the cause of death.
The coroner determined Propofol intoxication was the cause of death and listed other medications as contributing factors. Used along with other general anesthetics, Propofol is an anesthesia for inducing sleep during beginning stages of surgery. Medical standards require trained anesthesia professionals to use Propofol in a controlled environment with proper equipment monitoring and precision dosing. Generally, hospitals oversee Propofol use, not private doctors. Toxicology screening in the autopsy detected sedatives, Lidocaine for numbing injection areas, and ephedrine, a resuscitation stimulant. When reviewing the autopsy report, the chair of the anesthesiology department at the University of California, Irvine said that the three other sedatives used with Propofol were not standard medical practice. Using one of the medications with Propofol was acceptable, but three put the patient in danger of respiratory arrest.
Wrongful death with a focus on medical malpractice
From a legal perspective, the question of medical malpractice is the pivotal element of the wrongful death lawsuit pending against Dr. Murray.
Law firms must have access to medical experts and be well versed in the standard of proof required in any wrongful death case involving medical malpractice. If you have lost a loved one in Alabama and suspect medical malpractice or wrongful death, seek legal help from experienced Montgomery malpractice attorneys.