The wrongful death lawsuit against Anschutz Entertainment Group (AEG) in the death of pop superstar Michael Jackson began April 29th, with opening statements from the lawyers for the plaintiffs and defense.
The suit is being brought by Michael’s mother, Katherine, and his three children, Prince, Paris and Blanket. Michael’s mother and two of his children are among the around 100 witnesses expected to testify in the trial, along with a list of celebrities including Diana Ross, Quincy Jones, Spike Lee, Prince, Lou Ferrigno, and Michael’s former wife Lisa Marie Presley.
Other witnesses necessary to the trial will include medical experts on both sides who will testify as to the cause of death and whether medical negligence contributed to the death.
Medical malpractice occurs when a doctor’s treatment falls below the acceptable standard of care for the patient. Conrad Murray, the doctor attending to Michael Jackson who apparently administered a fatal dose of the anesthetic Propofol as a sleep aid, was earlier convicted in a criminal trial of involuntary manslaughter and is currently serving out a sentence.
Financial experts will also be needed to testify as to the proper amount of damages. Since Michael would have supported his children and family for years to come, his future earning potential had he lived is an important element to determine.
The plaintiffs will argue he would have earned well over a billion dollars, although the defense will surely argue this figure should be much less in the event they are held liable for the wrongful death.
The trial is expected to last about four months, which is a long time for a civil trial but is understandable in light of the amount of money involved and the complex issues at play.
It remains to be seen whether the plaintiffs will be successful in holding AEG liable for negligently hiring and negligently supervising Dr. Murray, and thereby bearing some legal responsibility for Jackson’s death.
Fetterman & Associates pursues wrongful death claims against those responsible for causing the death of another through medication errors or other forms of negligence or misconduct.
If you have lost a loved one due to the negligent or wrongful conduct of another, our Florida personal injury attorneys may be able to help. Call us today at our North Palm Beach or Port St. Lucie location for a free consultation.
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