Readers may remember that not long after the death of comedian Joan Rivers, stories started popping up in the headlines that her family was accusing a New York clinic where she received treatment of negligence in caring for her. Rivers died about a week after an appointment at Yorkville Endoscopy in Manhattan.
During the procedure, Rivers had apparently had a spasm of her vocal chords which made it difficult for her to breath. This caused her body to not receive enough oxygen, and her brain subsequently shut down. In the family’s medical malpractice filing, the family claimed that the clinic failed to obtain Rivers’ consent to perform certain procedures, though the clinic denied the accusations.