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Joan Rivers' daughter files medical malpractice lawsuit

Maryland residents might be interested in a medical malpractice claim that was filed by Melissa Rivers, daughter of the late comedian Joan Rivers. On Jan. 26, the plaintiff filed a lawsuit against the doctors and clinic that treated her mother shortly before she passed away on Sept. 4. According to the claim, doctors at an endoscopy clinic in New York failed to recognize that Rivers had stopped breathing during what should have been a routine procedure.

The lack of oxygen caused Rivers to suffer brain damage, which ultimately resulted in her death. The claimant also alleges that negligent operating room staff snapped photos of Rivers while she was unconscious and failed to obtain informed consent for all of the procedures that they performed on her. Further, Rivers' weight was not recorded before she was sedated, and a doctor left the operating room in an apparent effort to avoid being linked to the incident.

After her death, the federal Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services ordered an investigation into the clinic's treatment of Rivers. Investigators determined that doctors at the clinic had made multiple errors. As a result of the findings in the investigation, the clinic may have its accreditation revoked. Although Melissa Rivers has commented that her decision to file the lawsuit was not easy, she said that she went forward with the medical malpractice claim so that no other patient has to endure what she called 'horrific medical treatment."

Other families who have lost their loved ones in a similar way may also have a case for filing a medical malpractice claim. An attorney can help a family in this situation gather evidence to help establish that a doctor made surgical errors that led to the wrongful death.

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

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