A doctor authorized to practice in Texas has lost that license to practice. The doctor's name is Conrad Murray, and he was the doctor who was convicted of involuntary manslaughter in the death of pop star Michael Jackson. Murray had been licensed in Texas, as well as two other states, but has lost all of those licenses as a result of a 2009 medical malpractice lawsuit.
When he was arrested for Jackson's death, Murray was still practicing medicine out of his Houston office. This office opened in 2006. It is likely that he will return to Houston to live, so the reinstatement of this license is particularly important. Many believe that Murray will have a difficult road to being reinstated, regardless of where he decides to practice. In addition, the one of the states where Murray was licensed to practice has filed an accusation of gross negligence against Murray to the state medical board.
A medical malpractice claim surfaces because a doctor, provider or other entity was negligent and that negligence resulted in an injury or death. Negligence refers to a reasonable duty. If that reasonable duty was not preformed, for example, through a doctor error, and an injury resulted, the negligent party may be held responsible for the damage done.
Holding a party responsible allows injured parties to seek damages through the Texas court system. In theory, damages are awarded in order to make that injured party feel whole once again. Compensation in these scenarios may be awarded for pain and suffering, missed wages at work and past and future medical expenses. In cases where an individual dies, a wrongful death lawsuit may be pursued by the loved one's family.
Medical negligence can bring a large financial burden to an individual that otherwise would not have incurred the expense. Individuals in these situations may be able to protect their rights by seeking the assistance of a professional in the state of Texas.
Source: Fox13Now, "Will Conrad Murray ever treat another patient?," Amanda Sloane, Oct. 28, 2013