Melissa Rivers has filed a malpractice claim against the New York medical clinic that treated her mother, Joan Rivers, days before she died.
Joan Rivers, 81, suffered a cardiac arrest while undergoing a procedure to examine her throat at the Yorkville Endoscopy centre in August 2014.
The legal claim alleges doctors were not adequately trained and performed unauthorized procedures on the comedian.
Joan Rivers’ family is seeking unspecified compensatory and punitive damages.
In November, state health investigators said the clinic failed to follow standard protocols while treating Joan Rivers, who died a week later.
The Department of Health cited multiple errors, including failing to detect the comedian’s deteriorating vital signs during the procedure, but negligence was not suspected.
The New York medical examiner’s office ruled Joan Rivers died of brain damage due to lack of oxygen during the procedure.
The death was classified as a “therapeutic complication”, meaning it was a known risk.
However, Melissa Rivers claims doctors mishandled the endoscopy and performed another procedure – carried out by specialist Gwen Korovin who was not cleared to work at the clinic – without consent.
During the second procedure, gastroenterologist Dr. Lawrence Cohen and Gwen Korovin took pictures on their mobile phones of themselves with the sedated comedian.
Gwen Korovin later said she thought Joan Rivers would have wanted to see the images. Dr. Lawrence Cohen has since resigned.
The legal claim alleges staff were not properly trained to detect Joan Rivers’ deteriorating vital signs or deal with the type of emergency airway obstruction she suffered before going into cardiac arrest.
It also claims Gwen Korovin left the room at this point because she knew she was not permitted to be there and “wanted to avoid getting caught”.
Melissa Rivers said filing the lawsuit was one of the most difficult decisions she had to make.
“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,” she said, referring to her son.
“The level of medical mismanagement, incompetency, disrespect and outrageous behavior is shocking and frankly, almost incomprehensible.”
The Yorkville Endoscopy centre said it was not appropriate to comment on the legal action.
Melissa Rivers has hired a law firm to investigate the circumstances around her mother’s death.
Joan Rivers died on September 4 at the age of 81 following a cardiac arrest during a medical procedure on her throat.
The New York medical examiner’s office said the death was due to brain damage from low blood oxygen.
The investigation could pave the way for a civil claim against the clinic where the comic was treated.
“In order to fully determine the facts and circumstances surrounding the death of Joan Rivers, we confirm that our firm has been engaged by Melissa Rivers and her family,” Ben Rubinowitz, a partner at Gair, Gair, Conason, Steigman, Mackauf, Bloom and Rubinowitz, said.
Melissa Rivers has hired a law firm to investigate the circumstances around her mother’s death
However, he declined to comment on whether Joan Rivers’ family intended to file a legal claim.
Joan Rivers died after spending a week on life support at Mount Sinai Hospital following the cardiac arrest.
The official cause of death was listed as anoxic encephalopathy – a condition caused when brain tissue is deprived of oxygen leading to brain damage.
It was also classified as a “therapeutic complication”, meaning it was a known risk of the procedure.
Negligence is not suspected and was not listed as a contributing cause.
Melissa Rivers has released a new statement thanking fans for their support after her mother’s death.
Joan Rivers died in a New York hospital on September 4, a week after suffering cardiac arrest during a medical procedure. She was 81.
“As my son Cooper and I mourn the loss of my mother, we want to thank everyone for the beautiful cards and flowers conveying heartfelt messages and condolences, which continue to arrive from around the world and through social media,” Melissa Rivers posted to Joan Rivers’ official Facebook page on September 17.
Joan Rivers died in a New York hospital on September 4, a week after suffering cardiac arrest during a medical procedure (photo Facebook)
“My mother would have been overwhelmed by the scope and depth of the love that people have expressed for her. It is certainly helping to lift our spirits during this time.
“We are forever grateful for your kindness and support in continuing to honor my mother’s legacy, and for remembering the joy and laughter that she brought to so many.”
A funeral ceremony for late comedienne Joan Rivers is set to be held in her hometown of New York City this weekend.
Joan Rivers, 81, died at New York’s Mount Sinai Hospital after she was removed from life support following a cardiac and respiratory arrest on August 28.
Her daughter, Melissa Rivers, shared the sad news of her mother’s passing on September 4, and now it has been announced funeral services for Joan Rivers will be held at Temple Emanu-El, the synagogue where she was a member.
A statement from Rabbi Joshua M. Davidson to ABC News reads: “It is a terribly sad day for all of us. We mourn with her family, friends and all those millions to whom she brought laughter and joy.”
Joan Rivers died at New York’s Mount Sinai Hospital after she was removed from life support following a cardiac and respiratory arrest (photo Getty Images)
Meanwhile, tributes continued to pour in throughout Thursday, and among them was Joan Rivers’ co-host of fashion commentary program Fashion Police, Kelly Osbourne.
Kelly Osbourne shared her grief in a statement that reads: “I’m completely heartbroken by the loss of my beloved Joan. Not only was she my boss, she was and will always be my teacher, therapist, closest friend, inspiration and the only grandmother I ever knew. She was family and I will never forget her. Laughter will be difficult for a while but when I’m sad, lonely or upset all I will have to do is think of Joan and a smile will cross my face. Laughter is what she gave us and laughter is what she would want us to do in remembrance of her.
“Melissa and [grandson] Cooper, my thoughts are with you and I love you both so much. Joan, thank you for taking me in and loving me as a daughter. I will miss you deeply and will always hear your voice in my head saying, <<My darling get out there and be you!>>”
Joan Rivers has died at the age of 81, daughter Melissa Rivers has announced.
The comedienne had been on life support in Mount Sinai Hospital since having a cardiac arrest in New York last week.
In a statement, her daughter said Joan Rivers died surrounded by family and friends, and she thanked hospital staff for their “amazing care”.
Joan Rivers stopped breathing during a procedure on her vocal chords at an outpatient clinic on August 28.
Joan Rivers died on Thursday, September 4, at 1.17 PM (photo Getty Images)
Melissa Rivers’ statement said: “My mother’s greatest joy in life was to make people laugh. Although that is difficult to do right now, I know her final wish would be that we return to laughing soon.”
On September 3, Melissa Rivers issued a brief statement that her mother had been moved from Mount Sinai Hospital’s ICU into a private room, without any comment concerning Joan Rivers’ condition or prognosis.
Joan Rivers died on Thursday, September 4, at 1.17 PM.
Joan Rivers was best known for her stand-up comedy, for co-hosting the E! celebrity fashion show Fashion Police, and for starring in the reality series Joan & Melissa: Joan Knows Best? alongside her daughter Melissa Rivers.
Doctors from New York’s Mount Sinai Hospital started the process of bringing Joan Rivers out of a medically induced coma, ET reported.
Joan Rivers, 81, was placed under a medically induced coma following a routine endoscopy. Not long after the procedure started, she stopped breathing and was then rushed to Mount Sinai Hospital.
Doctors started the process of bringing Joan Rivers out of a medically induced coma (photo Getty Images)
“This morning, Joan Rivers was taken to The Mount Sinai Hospital in New York where she is being attended to,” a spokesperson for the hospital confirmed on August 28.
“Her family wants to thank everybody for their outpouring of love and support. We will provide an update on her condition as it becomes available.”
Joan Rivers’ daughter Melissa, 46, flew to New York from Los Angeles on August 28, saying after she landed: “I want to thank everyone for the overwhelming love and support for my mother. She is resting comfortably and is with our family. We ask that you continue to keep her in your thoughts and prayers.”
Joan Rivers’ daughter Melissa says the family remains hopeful despite reports that the comedienne is on life support.
In a statement issued to E! on Sunday, Melissa Rivers said: “Thank you for your continued love and support.
“We are keeping our fingers crossed.”
Joan Rivers, 81, was rushed to Mount Sinai Hospital on August 28 in New York, after she stopped breathing during throat surgery at her doctor’s office. There, she was placed in a medically-induced coma.
Joan Rivers was placed in a medically-induced coma at Mount Sinai Hospital in New York (photo Getty Images)
The comedienne’s Fashion Police co-host Kelly Osbourne expressed her love for the ailing star by tweeting: “4 the first time in years I got down on my knees & prayed tonight! I encourage U 2 do the same 4 @Joan Rivers my grandma! #inconsolable.”
Guiliana Rancic also tweeted: “Praying for Joan Rivers and Mel Rivers.
“Even though Joan’s the strongest woman I know, every single prayer counts. I love you, Joan.”
Despite some of her recent controversial statements, Joan Rivers is loved by many fans who have been sending her well-wishes via social media.
Joan Rivers has reportedly been put on life support at Mount Sinai Hospital in New York.
Joan Rivers’ family maintains faith in her ability to bounce back even if they decide to turn off the machines, TMZ reported. They still have a few days to make a decision whether or not they will take Joan Rivers off life support.
Joan Rivers was rushed to the hospital after she stopped breathing while undergoing a procedure on her vocal chords (photo Getty Images)
The comedienne was rushed to the hospital on August 28 after she stopped breathing while undergoing a procedure on her vocal chords.
Joan Rivers was initially in critical condition, but was upgraded to stable later that day.
On August 29, her daughter Melissa Rivers released a statement saying Joan Rivers was “resting comfortably and is with our family”.
Melissa Rivers says her mother, Joan Rivers, remains in serious condition at Mount Sinai Hospital in New York, but “she is receiving the best treatment and care possible”.
In a statement to E! News, Melissa Rivers, who flew across the country from Los Angeles to be by her mother’s side, says: “My mother would be so touched by the tributes and prayers that we have received from around the world.”
Joan Rivers remains in serious condition at Mount Sinai Hospital in New York (photo Getty Images)
“Her condition remains serious but she is receiving the best treatment and care possible. We ask that you continue to keep her in your thoughts as we pray for her recovery. “
Joan Rivers, 81, was rushed to Mount Sinai Hospital after she stopped breathing during a throat surgery at her New York doctor’s office. There, the comedienne was placed in a medically induced coma.
Joan Rivers’ daughter, Melissa, has released an update on the health status of her mother after she was hospitalized in New York.
In a Tweet posted to NBC News, Melissa Rivers said that her mother “is resting comfortably and is with our family.”
“I want to thank everyone for the overwhelming love and support for my mother. She is resting comfortably and is with our family. We ask that you continue to keep her in you thoughts and prayers,” Melissa Rivers wrote.
Joan Rivers was rushed to Mount Sinai Hospital from her New York City doctor’s office after she stopped breathing during vocal cord surgery (photo Getty Images)
On August 28, Joan Rivers, 81, was rushed to Mount Sinai Hospital from her New York City doctor’s office after she stopped breathing during vocal cord surgery.
Melissa Rivers, who co-stars with her mother on E!’s reality series Joan & Melissa: Joan Knows Best? quickly made her way to the hospital to be by Joan’s side.