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Did Substandard Medical Care Cause The Death Of Joan Rivers?

Posted Scott B. Cooper on Sep 11, 2014 in Medical Malpractice

Joan Rivers reportedly died after an “unplanned biopsy” was done during a routine throat procedure.  Many newspapers are now reporting her family is planning a $100 million lawsuit over her death.  Rivers died last Thursday at Mount Sinai Hospital in New York, days after she stopped breathing during a throat procedure and was placed in a medically induced coma. 

According to reports, doctors performing vocal cord surgery noticed something, prompting one of the comedian’s doctors to perform an unplanned biopsy.  The clinic where the vocal cord surgery was taking place reportedly agreed to let the doctor use their instruments.

The problem is the procedure may not have been allowed to be performed at the facility where the vocal cord surgery was taking place.  The belief is that the biopsy procedure should only be done in a hospital setting.

The New York State Department of Health has announced a general review of Yorkville Endoscopy, and the New York City police department is reportedly conducting a criminal investigation into the death, as well.

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