The lawsuit filed against “King of Pop” Michael Jackson’s personal physician, Conrad Murray, is possibly one of the most high-profile medical negligence cases of all time.
In 2011, Murray was found guilty of involuntary manslaughter – two years after he “cost Jackson his life”.
Jackson was in the middle of rehearsing for a major come-back show at London’s O2 arena when his life was cut short. The singer was in serious debt – a number of sources estimate between $400 and $500 million – at the time of his death. According to the International Business Times, Jackson’s official cause of death was recorded as “cardiac arrest”.
However, many fingers pointed at Jackson’s personal physician, who it turns out had been giving the singer a cocktail of drugs, including the surgical anaesthetic, propofol, each night to help him get to sleep. The Daily Camera reveals that propofol is designed to put patients out during surgery.
On June 25, 2009, it’s alleged Murray administered a large dose of propofol to Jackson, which it’s believed mixed with other drugs already in his system, including lorazepam (another sedative) and resulted in the singer’s untimely death at the age of 50.
Murray’s lawyers argued that Jackson had injected himself with the surgical anaesthetic after taking eight tablets of lorazepam.
“When Dr Murray left the room, Michael Jackson self-administered a dose of propofol that, with the lorazepam, created a perfect storm in his body that killed him instantly. The whole thing is tragic, but the evidence is not that Dr Murray did it,” explained Murray’s attorney, Ed Chernoff, as reported by the International Business Times.
Jackson’s medical negligence lawyers, on the other hand, stated Murray administered the powerful drug to Jackson and was “grossly negligent” in doing so. His guilt was further supported by a number of witnesses, one of whom arrived at Jackson’s home not long after the singer had passed away and was told by Murray to remove bags of intravenous fluids from the scene before anyone else arrived.
In October 2013, Murray – now 60 years old – was released after spending two years behind bars in a Los Angeles prison. He recently appealed to have his conviction overturned, but this was denied in mid-January 2013.
This just goes that medical negligence cases are often complex but – with the help of experienced medical negligence solicitors – the right outcome can by achieved.