Comedian Joan Rivers tragically passed away on September 4, 2014. Her death occurred immediately following an issue with her routine endoscopy that led to respiratory and cardiac arrest, putting the comedian/actress into a coma.
Initially medical professionals claimed that Rivers’ death was undetermined, but as the investigation furthered, the medical examiner deemed her death as a therapeutic complication. The drug Propofol, a medication used in thousands of endoscopies and colonoscopies across the country, was used to sedate Rivers before her procedure. But this time things went wrong. It has been speculated that Rivers’ clinic used double the dosage and missed key signs the comedian was going into respiratory arrest; therefore, the family feels that the death could have been predicted and prevented, which is why the family is now filing their wrongful death suit.
According to NY Daily News, the family has retained the Gair Firm. This high-profile, very selective firm will be representing the Rivers estate in the wrongful death suit against the clinic.
What is Wrongful Death?
Wrongful death occurs when another person’s negligence caused another to die. The survivors of the deceased individual can then bring a lawsuit against the negligent party and sue him or her for damages. They can seek compensation not only for the death, but additional damages for wages the deceased would have earned, the loss of companionship, and even funeral costs.
Even though the death was not intentional, the clinic allegedly responsible for Joan Rivers’ death may be held liable in civil court—and they may be required to pay damages to Rivers’ family.
Have You Lost a Loved One in a Wrongful Death?
Medical professionals make mistakes. And while it is common and accidental, the tragedy is all the same. Whether you lost a wife, mother, husband, sibling or even a child, you have the right to receive damages for that lost from the negligent party. Personal injury attorney at Scott J. Sternberg & Associates wants to help you get the restitution you deserve.
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