Clinic Settles Joan Rivers’ Malpractice Suit

It obviously won’t bring the tart-tongued comedian and QVC vendor back, but Joan Rivers’ family has reached a settlement of the malpractice suit it filed after her death following a botched medical procedure.

The amount of the settlement wasn’t released, but doctors admitted responsibility in her Aug. 28, 2014 death, according to The New York Times.

The lawsuit had been filed by Rivers’ daughter Melissa against Yorkville Endoscopy in Manhattan, and also named three doctors at the facility.

The comedian died, at age 81, after undergoing what should have been a routine procedure. Rivers had been suffering from a sore throat, and doctors were going to examine her voice box and vocal cords, as The Times reported.

At one point during the procedure the anesthesiologist noticed that Rivers’ vocal cords were swollen, but he was ignored. In fact, her cords did close up and she stopped breathing, going into cardiac arrests. She died several days later.

To add insult to injury, one of the doctors took a cellphone photo of Rivers while she was on the operating table.

Melissa issued a statement on the settlement.

The lawsuit concerning my mother’s death has been settled. In accepting this settlement, I am able to put the legal aspects of my mother’s death behind me and ensure that those culpable for her death have accepted responsibility for their actions quickly and without equivocation.

Moving forward, my focus will be to ensure that no one ever has to go through what my mother, Cooper and I went through and I will work towards ensuring higher safety standards in out-patient surgical clinics. I want to express my personal gratitude to my legal team for their wise counsel and prompt resolution of this case.

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