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Did Medical Malpractice During a Routine Procedure Cause Joan Rivers’ Death?

America lost a national treasure in September when Joan Rivers tragically passed away. Although she was in her 80s at the time of her passing, she led an extremely active lifestyle for a person of any age. She did not die due to her age—she died during a routine medical procedure. In the aftermath, there are many questions that remain unanswered, and many people that suspect Joan died from medical negligence.

Joan was under anesthesia for an endoscopy (an exam where doctors use a scope to examine the throat). The doctor decided to perform a biopsy, removing tissue for testing, during the procedure which ultimately led to her passing. There are two main issues with the doctor’s performance of a biopsy during the procedure. First, it is still unclear whether Joan gave consent to a biopsy during the endoscopy. A medical malpractice attorney can file a lawsuit when a doctor performs a test to which a patient does not consent. Patients have the right to make informed decisions about their care.

The second issue is that the doctor potentially performed the procedure at a clinic not properly equipped to care for the possible repercussions if complications arose. Joan had to be rushed to Mount Sinai hospital in an attempt to resuscitate her and save her life. It takes an experienced medical malpractice attorney with a background in the sciences to understand what it takes to prove negligence in cases like these. Unfortunately, it is not uncommon for doctors to perform procedures in facilities that are not properly equipped.

The untimely death of Joan Rivers has shined a light on a type of tragedy that too many suffer from every day. If there is anything positive that can be taken from this tragedy, it is that doctors will be reminded that they will be held accountable when their negligence harms patients. If you or a loved one has suffered an injury due to medical negligence of any kind, speak with an experienced medical malpractice lawyer about your rights.

The medical malpractice attorneys at The Eisen Law Firm in Cleveland Ohio have been taking legal action against physicians for actions like this since 1976. We offer free initial consultations to discuss the circumstances of your injuries and review your legal options. Schedule an appointment by calling 216-687-0900 or contact us online