Melissa Rivers Officially Files Lawsuit for Joan Rivers’ Death: Read her Statement

Joan's Docs Made Mistakes
Joan Rivers' clinic didn't follow proper medical protocol, says report.
In October, we reported that Melissa Rivers was planning to sue the New York City clinic where her mother Joan Rivers passed away suddenly in order to get some answers regarding the tragic incident.

Now, in what she describes as “one of the most difficult decisions” she’s ever had to make, Melissa has finally followed through with the lawsuit against Yorkville Endoscopy LLC.

“What ultimately guided me was my unwavering belief that no family should ever have to go through what my mother, [my son] Cooper and I have been through,” Melissa said in a statement Monday. “The level of medical mismanagement, incompetency, disrespect, and outrageous behavior is shocking and frankly, almost incomprehensible.”

She continues, “Not only did my mother deserve better, every patient deserves better. It is my goal to make sure that this kind of horrific medical treatment never happens to anyone again.”

Melissa is also suing her late mother’s personal doctor, Gwen Korovin.  According to documents from the New York Dept. of Health and Human Services, Korovin should not have been permitted where the procedure was being performed.

The documents (released in Nov.) found that mistakes made by Korovin and the rest of the clinic’s staff caused her irreversible brain damage.  “The physicians in charge of the care of the patient failed to identify deteriorating vital signs and provide timely intervention during the procedure,” the report states.

Melissa’s lawyers Jeffrey Bloom and Ben Rubinowitz said in a statement,”To put it mildly, we are not just disappointed by the acts and omissions leading to the death of Joan Rivers, but we are outraged by the lack of care and concern for Ms. Rivers on the part of her treating physicians and the endoscopy center where the treatment was rendered.”  They added, “Had doctors acted as physicians for Joan Rivers instead of groupies, Joan Rivers would have been doing Fashion Police last week.”

Joan died on Sept. 4 at age 81 after being hospitalized and placed in an induced coma for seven days.