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Dr. Conrad Murray, the prescribing physician to Michael Jackson prior to his death is facing manslaughter charges. Most often, doctors are sued in the civil courts where money is at stake. But, in those cases in which doctors deviate from the standard of care that is so far from the norm doctors can face criminal charges. According to Julie Cantor, practicing attorney with a medical degree and adjunct professor at UCLA School of Law describes the behavior as making medical decisions that can be considered "gross incompetence or indifference to a patient's well-being". Dr. Murray administered propofol, a powerful anesthetic, outside of the hospital setting and without proper training for Jackson's sleeping problems. Jackson died of respiratory failure after being treated by Dr. Murray. However, Murray does not face murder charges because of the lack of intent to kill Jackson, a necessary component for most every state's definition of murder.
Contact with health care professionals is a necessary part of our society and almost always beneficiary. However, providers are human and mistakes can be made. Even the most careful health care professionals can make a mistake that injures a patient. However, not all mistakes rise to the level of malpractice. The skilled medical malpractice attorneys at Meyerkord and Meyerkord, LLC will help you if you believe you are the victim of medical malpractice. Our medical malpractice attorneys continue to set the standard for representation of difficult cases. If you have a medical malpractice issue, contact us at (314) 436-9958 or (800) 391-4318 to schedule a no-obligation meeting with a medical malpractice attorney.
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