Michael Jackson's family has brought a wrongful death claim against concert promoter AEG Live for Jackson's death on June 25th, 2009. The lawsuit alleges that AEG Live was negligent in the hiring of Jackson's doctors, and that AEG Live executives could have predicted Jackson's doctors would use dangerous drugs while treating the singer.
AEG Live denies any connection to the doctors treating Jackson. The Jackson family is seeking $40 billion from AEG Live, contending that the company must pay an amount equivalent to what Jackson would have earned throughout the rest of his life. The trial is expected to last several months. Read more:http://www.rollingstone.com/music/news/michael-jackson-wrongful-death-trial-begins-in-los-angeles-20130402#ixzz2c3sDihn9
In order to have a claim in negligence the plaintiff or aggrieved party must show that the defendant, also called a tortfeasor or accused, had a duty of some sort to the plaintiff; that the defendant breached that duty; that the plaintiff was injured in some way and that the defendant's breach of duty caused the plaintiff's injuries. A negligence claim does not deal with a person's intentions. Instead a negligence claim focuses on whether a person or entity fell below an accepted standard of care in relation to the people or entities around the defendant. This duty or standard of care can range from running a red light and causing a traffic accident to a doctor failing to provide the correct treatment of a patient.
Unfortunately, the negligence of a person or entity can result in a personal injury or even an untimely death. If you have questions or concerns about a personal injury or a wrongful death, contact the lawyers at Cannizzaro, Bridges, Jillisky and Streng, LLC today.