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Michael Jackson’s mother sues AEG Live for wrongful death

When a family member or loved one dies unexpectedly, it is often difficult to know where to turn. This is especially true when the death could have been avoided. Fortunately, there is legal recourse for people in California who lose family members due to the negligence of another person or company. A wrongful death claim can be filed to determine if a second party is responsible for the death.

Four years after the death of Michael Jackson, a wrongful death trial is officially underway. The doctor who treated Jackson has already been convicted of involuntary manslaughter. In this wrongful death lawsuit, however, Jackson’s mother is asking for $40 billion from AEG Live. 

The purpose of the trial is meant to determine whether AEG Live, the company that was promoting Jackson’s comeback tour, is responsible for the singer’s death. In the lawsuit, Jackson’s mother claims that the company is to blame for Jackson’s death because they hired the doctor that administered a fatal dose of medication to Jackson. The company denies those allegations. The trial will focus on the last couple of months before the singer’s death, examining his financial situation and health.

In a wrongful death trial, the sum requested by the plaintiff is determined based on many different factors. These factors include, but are not limited to, medical costs, compensation for pain and suffering, and the potential earnings of the deceased. A wrongful death lawsuit cannot bring back a loved one, but it can help ease the financial burden that comes from death. A lawyer may be of assistance in this area. 

Source: THV11, “Testimony begins in Michael Jackson wrongful death suit,” Lindsey Tugman, April 30, 2013

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