Residents of Erie were likely shocked by the unexpected celebrity deaths of last year, including that of pioneering comic Joan Rivers. Last August, Rivers sought medical attention for a throat procedure. However, during the surgical procedure, complications arose and the comedienne ultimately passed away. Now, accusations of medical professional negligence have posed more questions about the famed figure's death. Recently, Rivers' daughter Melissa filed a
lawsuit against the Manhattan clinic where Rivers was treated.
According to the multimillion dollar suit, the clinic and staff exhibited gross malpractice. A tracheotomy should have been done, the lawsuit claims, in order to get Rivers breathing again after complications began occurring. In malpractice suits centering on a fatal incident, families often understandably wonder if enough was done to save the life of their loved one. At times, review of the incident reveals a doctor made a fatal medical error or staff members made mistakes that worsened the patient's condition.
Rivers was 81 when she died, about a week after her heart failed and her brain experienced loss of oxygen in the clinic. Her daughter, Melissa Rivers, is a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania and starred alongside her mother on the pair's reality show. As this case shows, even when a deceased person is no longer in the prime of life, their sudden and shocking death can have a severe emotional and financial impact on family.
Those who have lost a loved one during what should have been a routine procedure, may want to explore their legal options. Compensation awarded in a medical malpractice cannot bring back a loved one, but it may help ease the financial burdens associated with losing a loved one.
Source: Philly.com, "
Sideshow: Melissa Rivers files suit in mother Joan's death
," Tirdad Derakhshani, Jan. 27, 2015