On November 7, 2011, Conrad Murray was found guilty of involuntary manslaughter in the death of pop star Michael Jackson. Murray was Jackson’s personal physician and was found guilty of administering the lethal dose of propofol that killed the singer on June 25, 2009. Murray had been giving Jackson propofol and other sedatives every day for weeks to help him sleep. The court held that giving propofol, a sedative usually used for surgery, without life-saving equipment on hand constituted gross negligence.
Murray is in custody without bail and is expected to be sentenced on November 29th. He faces up to four years in prison and could lose his medical license.
The sentencing hearing will not be the end of Murray’s legal woes. Joe Jackson, Michael Jackson’s father, filed a wrongful death lawsuit against Murray for an unspecified amount.
The wrongful death law in Arizona allows the surviving family of the deceased to bring a civil lawsuit when the deceased’s death is “caused by wrongful act, neglect or default.” Being found guilty of involuntary manslaughter is strong evidence that the plaintiff wrongfully caused the deceased’s death. The jury has the right to award money damages based on what is “fair and just with reference to the injury resulting from the death.”
A wrongful death lawsuit won’t bring a loved one back. It is only but a meager attempt to compensate the family for their loss.
If someone you love has been killed due to another’s negligence, contact the wrongful death attorneys at Oracle Law Group for assistance with your wrongful death claim.