Reportedly, on Wednesday, September 18th, the defense attorneys, in the wrongful death lawsuit filed by the Jackson family on behalf of Michael Jackson, will rest their case.
This will bring to a close the 5-month-long wrongful death trial. Michael Jackson’s mother and three children are suing AEG Live, a concert promoter, for liability in the King of Pop’s death after the company hired, retained, or supervised the doctor responsible for Jackson’s overdose death. That doctor has since been convicted of manslaughter.
Testimony had temporarily been on hold due to a witness’s illness. However, the trial will begin again on the 18th, and could end as soon as the following Monday.
AEG argued that Jackson was responsible for choosing and retaining Dr. Conrad Murray, not the company. Executives said they had no way of knowing what treatments Dr. Murray gave Jackson and whether or not those were dangerous.
During the trial, Jackson’s former wife Debbie Rowe testified that the pop icon used anesthetic to sleep as far back as 1997. Murray used an anesthetic prescribed to Jackson to help the star get some rest, but abuse of that anesthetic led to Jackson’s overdose death.
Reportedly, part of the dispute comes because AEG negotiated a payment of $150,000 to Murray, which the company says the singer agreed to pay back with artist advances. However, an internal email suggests that AEG was responsible for Murray’s hiring.
“We want to remind [Murray] that it is AEG, not MJ who is paying his salary,” reads an email from AEG honcho Paul Gongaware in 2010 sent in the days before Michael’s death.
Wrongful Death Attorneys in Columbia, South Carolina
The unexpected loss of a loved is a very painful experience. While mourning their loss, surviving family members are often with mounting medical bills, the loss of an income, and sudden expenses such as hospital bills and funeral costs.
If a loved one dies as a result of the negligence, reckless, or intentional conduct of another, you may be entitled to bring a claim for wrongful death. A wrongful death lawsuit asserts a claim against a person who can be held legally responsible for a death. Surviving family members may be entitled to damages; money that can help with the expenses caused by the loss of their loved one. Common wrongful death claims arise as a result of a:
- tractor trailer accident,
- automobile accident,
- burn injury,
- brain injury,
- motorcycle accident,
- construction site accident,
- defective product,
- toys or childrens’ product,
- medical malpractice claim,
- nursing home neglect and abuse, or an
- injury sustained while working on the job.
A South Carolina wrongful death lawsuit seeks compensation for:
- medical bills and funeral expenses
- loss of income
- loss of consortium and loss of support
The Strom Law Firm Can Help with Wrongful Death Lawsuits
Although many of the people we represent in these cases are from right here in South Carolina, our lawyers routinely take clients from throughout the Southeastern U.S. and, in certain types of product liability or pharmaceutical cases, from across the country as well. The wrongful death lawyers at Strom Law Firm, LLC, will help you during this extremely difficult and emotional time. If you or a loved one has been injured or killed through no fault of your own, contact the South Carolina wrongful death attorneys at the Strom Law Firm, LLC today for a free consultation regarding the facts of your case. 803.252.4800