Months after the controversial death of comedian and TV host Joan Rivers in a “simple” medical procedure, daughter Melissa Rivers is suing her mother’s doctors for medical malpractice.
The younger Rivers filed the lawsuit against Yorkville Endoscopy in Manhattan State Supreme Court, with the motion to seek damages that are yet undetermined. “The level of medical mismanagement, incompetency, disrespect and outrageous behavior is shocking and frankly, almost incomprehensible,” said Melissa Rivers in a news release. The legendary host died of brain damage resulting from obstruction of oxygen supply, as reported by the New York medical examiner.
According to the lawsuit, doctors didn’t handle Rivers’ endoscopy procedure, and conducted an unauthorized laryngoscopy. Doctors who were present during the medical procedures and cited in the suit were gastroenterologist Lawrence Cohen and ENT specialist Gwen Korovin.
Contributory to the lawsuit was the results of the investigation by Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, which reported that clinic failed in terms of proper conduct during a medical procedure, including incomplete medication records, failure to get consent prior to each procedure, and its decision to take pictures of Rivers during the operation.
The decision to sue the Upper East Side clinic was not easy, said Rivers. “What ultimately guided me was my unwavering belief that no family should ever have to go through what my mother, Cooper and I have been through.”