Melissa Rivers filed a medical malpractice lawsuit after her mother Joan Rivers died after a routine endoscopy. The comedian and television host went into cardiac arrest during the procedure and doctors placed her in a medically induced coma. Tragically, at the age of 81, she died a week after the initial procedure. The death occurred in New York City in September of 2014, and the medical examiner listed the cause as a lack of oxygen to the brain during surgery. Last January, Melissa filed the lawsuit against the doctors and the facility where Joan underwent the procedure. Last week both parties reached a settlement agreement that is being kept confidential. Melissa did release a statement that she is grateful that the parties responsible for her mother’s death are being held accountable.
Surgical errors are one of the most common types of medical malpractice that occur too often in the United States. While our country is one of the most medically advanced, there are mistakes made too regularly resulting in injuries and death. Compensation will not ease the pain that victims experience when suffering an injury or the loss of a loved one. However, it is important to fight to hold the parties liable accountable for the damages they have caused. Consulting an experienced medical malpractice attorney can provide you with the knowledge and strategy to receive the justice you deserve.
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