Medical Malpractice or Drug Addiction?
There’s a Fine Line Between the Two and it’s Called Hollywood Blvd
We’ve seen it time and time again in Hollywood. When fame, money and power hit all too suddenly, things can get a bit out of control. There has been no shortage of drug-related deaths in Tinsel Town, even dating as far back as films themselves. But in this day and age of corruption in the medical field, one has to beg the question, is it always as simple as drug addiction, or is there more to dig into?
Shocking still is the death of Michael Jackson, who died at the age of 50 just over a year ago. His doctor, Conrad Murray, has long been accused of providing Jackson with an over-abundance of prescription drugs, including a potent anesthetic propofol, which eventually caused his fatal cardiac arrest.
Seven other doctors who cared for Jackson were free of wrongful death charges in late July 2010. Murray, not one of the 7 being investigated, had previously pleaded not guilty to involuntary manslaughter after allegedly providing Jackson with the deadly prescription cocktail.
Joe Jackson’s attorney, Brian Oxman, says about the verdict:
“I am very disappointed. The misuse of medications by Michael Jackson in the last years of his life was excessive and to fail to bring that to the public is ignoring reality.”
Earlier this month the wrongful death suit against Murray was being thrown out due to lack of information provided by Joe Jackson about the clinics in which Murray supposedly practiced from. Without sufficient information on location, a judge cannot determine if the Federal Court has jurisdiction. Joe Jackson was given one week to correct the documentation or the case would be thrown out. Murray’s lawyer Ed Chernoff has maintained the doctor’s innocence, saying he did not administer the fatal dose of propofol and that perhaps Jackson administered it to himself. Anesthesia experts have said the possibility of Jackson administering the drug himself is highly unlikely. If the trial continues, Murray could face a sentence of up to 4 years.
So one has to ask if this really is a case for a medical malpractice attorney or if Jackson would have found the drugs some other way, without the help of a doctor, leaving the brunt of the responsibility in his hands.
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