Many Houston residents go in for routine medical procedures each year. These procedures are necessary in making sure medical problems are caught early and other problems can be resolved. But occasionally something goes horribly wrong during a routine procedure and a medical provider makes a medical error that causes a worsened condition or even death.
In 2014 Joan Rivers died because of a medical mistake. She had gone in for a routine endoscopy procedure and died just days later. This past week her family settled a medical malpractice lawsuit against the clinic and doctors that performed the procedure. They believed that the doctors performed unauthorized procedures, took selfie pictures with her and when her vital signs started to deteriorate they failed to help. Her family contends that they performed a laryngoscopy without her consent. During the procedure Ms. Rivers stopped breathing and suffered brain damage due to insufficient oxygen.
No one expects that their loved one will suffer severe complications from a routine procedure. But accidents and medical negligence happen every day across the United States. If a Houston family believes their loved one suffered because of medical negligence they may want to speak with a legal professional skilled in medical malpractice. An attorney can review medical records and consult with medical experts to determine what happened to cause the injury. Compensation may be available for medical expenses, funeral expenses, pain and suffering and other damages.
When a family member suffers an unexpected injury because of a medical procedure it is important to hold a medical professional accountable for their negligence. The victim has legal rights they are entitled to and families deserve answers as to what happened.
Source: abcnews.com, “Medical malpractice lawsuit in Joan Rivers’ death settled”, Michael Balsamo, May 12, 2016