Joan Rivers lawsuit great example of need to hold medical staff accountable for actions

January 28, 2015



The Joan Rivers estate has filed a lawsuit alleging medical mistakes by the outpatient facility and the physicians that ultimately led to her death.  Rivers died on September 4, 2014.  


The estate's attorneys say they are suing for damages and to "make certain that the many medical deficiencies that led to Joan Rivers' death are never repeated by ANY outpatient surgery center."


The lawsuit claims that the doctors performing the procedure at Manhattan's Yorkville Endoscopy clinic were "reckless, grossly negligent and wanton" in performing procedures to which the patient did not consent.  The lawsuit also charges that one of the doctors had no credentials or privileges to treat patients at the clinic.  Read more about the lawsuit here.


The Joan Rivers lawsuit is a great example of how attorneys can and should fight for the rights of patients who may have been treated incorrectly or by unqualified staff at a medical facility.


Medical malpractice is a serious concern. When we entrust our health to professionals, and mistakes are made which are the result of negligence, there should be some sort of legal recourse. This option forces the medical community to adhere to higher standards and protects the public from harmful and sometimes lethal medical mistakes. If you feel you or a loved one has been the victim of such a circumstance, contact us for a free consultation. 


The law offices of T. Verner Smith have handled all sorts of medical malpractice claims and we have helped people who’ve been injured or worse. If you, or someone you know, would like to speak to us about a possible medical malpractice claim, contact us at (731) 423-1888, (901) 730-4567, or (615) 371-6136.







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