New York clinic that treated comic Joan Rivers sued over her death

Mon Jan 26, 2015 6:16pm EST
 
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NEW YORK (Reuters) - The daughter of late comedienne Joan Rivers filed a medical malpractice lawsuit on Monday against the New York outpatient clinic that treated the entertainer a week before her death last year.

Rivers, who was 81, suffered cardiac arrest during an examination of her throat and vocal cords at the Yorkville Endoscopy center on Manhattan's Upper East Side and died a week later, on Sept. 4, at a New York hospital.

Earlier this month a government health agency, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, found the Yorkville facility had fallen short of the conditions necessary to qualify for coverage as a supplier of outpatient surgical services.

The clinic was given until March to correct its deficiencies or face revocation of its federal accreditation and funding.

The malpractice lawsuit was filed by Rivers' only child, her daughter Melissa, in New York state Supreme Court seeking unspecified compensatory and punitive damages.

The lawsuit alleges that the Yorkville clinic failed to properly advise the elder Rivers about the risks of her treatment and acted with reckless disregard for her health and safety.

(Reporting by Jonathan Stempel in New York; Writing by Steve Gorman; Editing by Cynthia Johnston and Eric Walsh)

 
Comedian Joan Rivers arrives for the premiere of the documentary "Joan Rivers - A Piece Of Work" during the 2010 Sundance Film Festival in Park City, Utah January 25, 2010.  REUTERS/Lucas Jackson