Melissa Rivers to File Multimillion-Dollar Lawsuit Against Yorkville Endoscopy Clinic [WATCH VIDEO]

By Ambika Thakur | 2 years ago

According to US Weekly, Melissa Rivers has hired a well-known New York City personal injury and medical malpractice law firm to investigate the death of her mother, Joan Rivers, who died on Sept. 4, 2014 during a routine medical procedure at Yorkville Endoscopy, a private clinic in the Upper East Side. Read on for further details of the lawsuit.

On Aug. 28, 2014 Joan Rivers visited Yorkville Endoscopy Clinic for a check-up to find out why her voice was raucous.  Rivers was scheduled  for an endoscopy, but she did not agree on an impromptu throat biopsy, during which she died due to anoxic encephalopathy due to hypoxic arrest during laryngoscopy and upper gastrointestinal endoscopy with Propofol sedation. She was sedated with Propofol for evaluation of voice changes and gastroesophageal reflux disease.


A report released by New York City Medical Examiner’s Office (OCME) released the cause of her death on Oct. 16, 2014 and revealed that Rivers' death was the result of low blood oxygen to the brain during the endoscopy.

"The manner of death is therapeutic complication. The classification of a death as a therapeutic complication means that the death resulted from a predictable complication of medical therapy," concluded the New York City Medical Examiner's Office in its statement, aspublished on US Weekly.

Gair, Gair, Conason, Steigman, Mackauf, Bloom & Rubinowitz, an NYC-based law firm, will look into the facts surrounding Joan Rivers' death.

According to multiple media reports, Melissa will file a multimillion-dollar lawsuit against the Yorkville Endoscopy clinic on Manhattan's Upper East Side, as well as all of the doctors involved in performing the procedure. According to the New York Daily News, Melissa could file the lawsuit possibly in October 2014.

Rivers’ funeral was held on Sept. 7, 2014 in New York and attended by numerous Hollywood A-listers such as Kelly Osbourne, Sarah Jessica Parker, Whoopi Goldberg and Howard Stern. Earlier this month, Melissa thanked the public for their support during this difficult time in her life. Also that week, Melissa confirmed that "Fashion Police" would carry on in 2015 on E!.

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