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Joan Rivers' daughter files medical malpractice lawsuit

In any kind of surgery or medical treatment, doctors and their staff are responsible for properly monitoring a patient. A patient's vital signs must be supervised at all times, particularly when the patient is under sedation. While adequate supervision is one of the basic responsibilities of doctors, the late comedienne Joan Rivers' doctors allegedly failed to do so when they performed an endoscopy on her.

The sudden death of Joan Rivers last September shocked many Americans, including those here in Maryland. The famous host of the Fashion Police died at the age of 81. Reportedly, the beloved celebrity had a medical emergency during a procedure at an endoscopy clinic. Rivers fell unconscious and never woke up again. For the past several months, many in the media have speculated that the doctors at Yorkville Endoscopy Clinic's failures to supervise the celebrity's vital signs contributed to her death.

Recently, the talk show host's daughter decided to file a medical malpractice lawsuit. The lawsuit claims that that medical mismanagement of Rivers' own doctor and doctors at the clinic contributed to her death. Allegedly, the doctors' snapped a photo of Rivers' while she was unconscious during the operation. The malpractice claim stated that the doctors mishandled the endoscopy procedure and performed a laryngoscopy on Joan Rivers' without her consent.

The medical examiner confirmed that Rivers died of brain damage caused by a lack of oxygen during an endoscopy procedure. The federal investigation reported that the Yorkville Endoscopy clinic failed to keep proper medical records and failed to obtain Rivers' weight before administering the sedation medication.

It is difficult for a family to accept that their loved one may have died due to alleged medical error of doctors who are supposed to know better when it comes patient care and safety. Under such circumstances, a medical malpractice lawsuit may help families obtain the justice and compensation for their losses both financially and emotionally.

Source: USA Today, "Malpractice suit filed over Joan Rivers' death", Maria Puente, Jan. 27, 2015

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