Melissa Rivers has filed a lawsuit against Yorkville Endoscopy in New York following her mother’s untimely death. According to Mail Online, the lawsuit claims that Joan Rivers’ doctors were so busy taking photos of the star that they neglected the opportunity to save her life. Joan’s doctors have been accused of taking cell phone pictures of the star, and completely disregarding signs that her health was declining. Many believe that the lack of urgency present in the room was the ultimate cause of Joan’s death.
“Had the doctors acted as physicians for Joan Rivers instead of groupies, Joan Rivers would have been doing Fashion Police last week,” said attorney Jeffrey Bloom.
Melissa Rivers is completely disgusted with the way the doctors acted, and she wants to hold them accountable. According to People Magazine, this lawsuit was a longtime coming. Melissa needed time to grieve, and to meet with lawyers to get everything in order before filing legal documents. This is something that she is doing for justice. It’s a way for her to honor her mother, and to ensure that this sort of thing doesn’t happen again.
“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. The level of medical mismanagement, incompetency, disrespect and outrageous behavior is shocking and frankly, almost incomprehensible. Not only did my mother deserve better, every patient deserves better. It is my goal to make sure that this kind of horrific medical treatment never happens to anyone again,” Melissa said in a statement on Monday.
Many feel as though Melissa Rivers has every right to be upset, and that she has rightful cause to sue Yorkville Endoscopy, and the doctors who were responsible for Joan’s well-being during her throat procedure back in August (she died on September 4).
As previously reported by the Inquisitr, the doctors were accused of waiting 14 “crucial” minutes before starting CPR on Rivers. She was unconscious, and her brain was not receiving oxygen by the time EMT’s arrived. By then, of course, it was too late. The damage had been done. Sources say that it was those minutes that could have been life-changing for Joan… literally.
“She [needed] to be resuscitated. If they interceded then, she would probably still be on TV today making fun of what people are wearing,” said an EMT not affiliated with the case.
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