Medical Malpractice: Joan Rivers Death Investigation Reveals Errors

Aside from death, surgical errors and medical malpractice can lead to a lifetime of pain and suffering, as well as the loss of enjoyment of life. OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

Whenever you have a procedure performed, you would expect that your health care provider and physician would do as much as possible to keep you out of harm’s way by following all safety protocols. Unfortunately, this does not always occur.

In a case generating major attention, CNN is reporting that the clinic that treated comedian Joan Rivers prior to her death made many serious mistakes before she died.

A report issued by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) described major issues the clinic committed, including the failure to monitor Rivers’, failing to record her weight prior to sedation, failing to document the usage of Propofol and the failure to get her consent for all items performed.

Additionally, it was reported that the health care providers failed to obey cell phone policies. CNN reported that a photograph was taken of a surgeon and Rivers while she was under sedation.

Rivers died on September 4, a week after an appointment at New York City’s Yorkville Endoscopy clinic, which was reportedly performing a routine throat procedure.

Should I talk to an Attorney If I’m Injured by my Health Care Provider?

If you are ever injured by a health care provider or doctor, you should contact our personal injury attorneys immediately. Facilities have a duty to protect patients. Mistakes can lead to infection, disfigurement, disability and even the wrongful death of a patient.

Let Barry S. Kantrowitz help you with his expertise as a successful personal injury lawyer. Call us toll free at (800) 711-5258 or fill out the form on our website to schedule a consultation.

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KGG’s Corner: ‘Never events’ are preventable accidents that occur during medical procedures, such as surgery on the wrong site.

Source: http://www.cnn.com/2014/11/10/showbiz/joan-rivers-death/index.html


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