Joan Rivers’ daughter files lawsuit claiming medical malpractice

Florida readers may be interested to hear about a malpractice suit filed after the death of television personality Joan Rivers. Rivers passed away in 2014 after what was expected to be a routine medical procedure to check a raspy throat.

After her mother’s unexpected death following the procedure, Melissa Rivers, her daughter, filed a medical malpractice suit against the hospital where her mother died. The lawsuit identifies several doctor errors in handling what was a routine endoscopy. Furthermore, the suit seeks compensation for negligence and errors, including conducting a medical procedure on Rivers’ vocal cords without consent.

An attorney for Melissa Rivers sharply criticized the hospital and medical staff for their errors. The suit included allegations of what the attorney described as outrageous conduct. For example, it was suggested that a picture was taken with Joan Rivers while she was unconscious and lying on the operating table. In addition to the suit, the federal government has also conducted an investigation into allegations of medical malpractice and identified several doctor errors, such as the failure to keep proper medication records.

As evidenced by the Rivers case, families who lose loved ones as a result of alleged medical malpractice often struggle with a decision on whether to sue the hospital or doctors. A Florida medical malpractice attorney may be able to help families make these decisions regarding how to determine fault and liability. Potential topics attorneys may inform potential clients about include standards for medical malpractice, doctor error, negligence, and specific subjects, such as tort liability for misdiagnosis, wrong-site surgery and nursing home error. As a result, a victim’s survivors might be able to seek compensation from at-fault parties in court.

Source: USA Today, “Malpractice suit filed over Joan Rivers’ death,” Maria Puente, Jan. 27, 2015