Celebrity News

Joan Rivers’ Family Settles Medical Malpractice Lawsuit over Her 2014 Death
Download PDF
1 Star2 Stars3 Stars4 Stars5 Stars (No Ratings Yet)
Loading...

joan-rivers-new-MAKERS_ft1-672x372

Joan Rivers. Photo courtesy of joanrivers.com

Summary: The family of Joan Rivers has settled its malpractice lawsuit against the clinic that allegedly caused her 2014 death.

It was no laughing matter for the family of Joan Rivers, but a settlement has finally been reached in the malpractice lawsuit filed against the doctors who allegedly caused her death.

  
What
Where


On September 4, 2014, the legendary blonde comedian went to Yorkville Endoscopy in New York City for a routine endoscopy. The 81-year-old stopped breathing during her procedure, and in 2015, her daughter Melissa filed a malpractice suit against the clinic. She said that the doctors performed unauthorized procedures, took a selfie with a sedated Joan, and failed to respond properly when her vitals deteriorated.

According to CBS, “The federal Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services found after an investigation that the clinic made several errors, including failing to keep proper medication records and snapping cellphone photos. The investigation also found that the clinic had failed to receive informed consent for every procedure performed and failed to record Rivers’ weight before administering sedation medication.”

Rivers was treated by Dr. Renuka Bankulla, Dr. Lawrence Cohen, and Dr. Gwen Korovin. The medical examiner found she died of brain damage from lack of oxygen.

Get JD Journal in Your Mail

Subscribe to our FREE daily news alerts and get the latest updates on the most happening events in the legal, business, and celebrity world. You also get your daily dose of humor and entertainment!!




Rivers’ family said in a statement that they were pleased with the settlement, but they did not state how much they received. They were represented by attorneys Ben Rubinowitz and Jeff Bloom.

Melissa added that she would continue to advocate for higher safety standards in out-patient clinics.



A spokesperson for the clinic said both sides agreed to avoid continued litigation.

“Our thoughts and prayers continue to go out to the Rivers family,” Yorkville Endoscopy said in a statement. “We remain committed to providing quality, compassionate healthcare services that meet the needs of our patients, their families and the community.”

Selfies? Doing procedures without written consent? Not monitoring vitals? Was Yorkville Endoscopy let off easy? Let us know in the comments below.

Source: CBS News



 

RELEVANT JOBS

Litigation Attorney

USA-NY-Riverhead

Responsibilities The candidate should be able to independently manage own caseload through all ph...

Apply now

Sr. Trial Attorney

USA-CA-Glendale

Bodily Injury Auto, Bodily Injury Commercial, Bodily Injury Homeowners, Commercial Auto, Commercial ...

Apply now

Attorney with 1+ year experience - Position is in Probate Law

USA-TX-Richardson

Looking for an associate attorney with at least one year of experience.  We are a boutique prob...

Apply now

Litigation Attorney

USA-AL-Mobile

Provide comprehensive litigation support to clients through managing internal and external investiga...

Apply now

BCG FEATURED JOB

Locations:

Keyword:



Search Now

Business and Transactional Associate Attorney

USA-CT-Middletown

Middletown office of a BCG Attorney Search Top Ranked Law Firm seeks business and transactional asso...

Apply Now

Business and Transactional Associate Attorney

USA-CT-Hartford

Hartford office of a BCG Attorney Search Top Ranked Law Firm seeks business and transactional associ...

Apply Now

Business and Transactional Associate Attorney

USA-CT-East Haven

East Haven office of a BCG Attorney Search Top Ranked Law Firm seeks business and transactional asso...

Apply Now

Most Popular

SEARCH IN ARCHIVE

To Top