On behalf of Hastings Law Firm P.C. posted in Surgical Errors on Monday, May 16, 2016.
Texas residents may be interested in learning that the ongoing lawsuit related to the death of comedian and actress Joan Rivers has finally been settled. The medical malpractice lawsuit was filed in 2015 by the daughter of the actress. She accused the medical team in attendance during her mother’s 2014 surgery of negligence.
Court documents stated that the patient suffered cardiac arrest while she was undergoing a surgical procedure called laryngoscopy. The daughter claimed that the procedure was unauthorized. It was further alleged that medical staff failed to monitor the patient’s vital signs, and, instead, took the time to snap a selfie with the celebrity patient.
Investigators apparently determined that her deteriorating vital signs should have alerted staff to the fact that her brain was starved of oxygen. This led to brain damage that ultimately caused her death. The details of the settlement were not reported, and the hospital pledged to the ongoing provision of quality health care.
Any Texas resident who has to live with the consequences of medical malpractice — whether personal suffering or the loss of a loved one due to medical negligence — is entitled to hold the responsible parties accountable. Lawsuits pertaining to medical errors or substandard care are usually complicated and difficult to navigate, and, for this reason, the services of experienced medical malpractice attorneys are typically retained by victims or surviving family members. A lawyer can launch an independent investigation to determine the true facts of the case, and then advocate for the client in settlement negotiations or litigation if the case goes to court.
Source: parentherald.com, “Medical Malpractice Lawsuit In The Death Of Joan Rivers Now Settles”, Nens Mitchell, May 14, 2016