If you follow celebrity news in New Jersey, then you probably heard about the passing of Joan Rivers in September 2014. Now, her daughter has decided to move forward with a medical malpractice lawsuit based on her mother's death. According to her lawsuit, the doctors mishandled the endoscopy that was taking place and instead performed a laryngoscopy on her vocal chords.
This was done without consent, she claims. The lawsuit alleges that the doctor actually left the operating room to avoid being caught in this act. A federal investigation took place into Rivers' death. The investigation, which was ordered by the federal Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, found that the Yorkville Endoscopy clinic had made a number of errors during the procedure, including the failure to keep medication records correctly and going as far as to take photos of Rivers when she was unconscious.
Those weren't the only problems with the procedure, though. According to the investigation, the clinic also failed to get informed consent for the procedure and didn't record Rivers' weight, which is necessary in order to administer the correct amount of sedation medication. Rivers' daughter reported that although it was a difficult decision to file a case, she believes that her mother deserved better. Rivers died due to brain damage that took place because of a lack of oxygen after she stopped breathing during the procedure.
Medical mistakes happen but when they do, you expect medical professionals to live up to and correct their errors. If you are involved in a case like this one and have lost a loved one to negligent medical care, speak up. You may be able to seek compensation for your losses.
Source: New Jersey Herald, "Lawyers: Melissa Rivers files lawsuit in mother Joan's death" Colleen Long, Jan. 26, 2015