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Wrongful death lawsuit in Joan Rivers case reaches settlement

Louisiana residents may be interested in learning that Melissa Rivers, the daughter of the late Joan Rivers, has settled her lawsuit against the doctors who allegedly caused her mother's death. The settlement agreement was reportedly reached on May 12 in the wrongful death lawsuit that had been filed in 2015.

The 81-year-old comedienne went in for a routine throat procedure in 2014 at a clinic in the Upper East Side of New York. She died after suffering brain damage from oxygen deprivation during the outpatient procedure.

Melissa Rivers filed the lawsuit, seeking damages in the millions for her mother's death. She sued both the clinic and the doctors who were involved. The amount of the settlement that was reached in the case is confidential. The defendants had to admit guilt as a part of the settlement terms. Joan Rivers had gone to the clinic for treatment after reportedly being hoarse and having a sore throat. She never regained consciousness following her procedure and stopped breathing.

The surviving family members who have lost a loved one in an accident of any type that was caused by another's negligence may want to seek recovery of their losses through a wrongful death civil lawsuit filed with the assistance of an attorney against the responsible party or parties. If successful, compensation could be awarded for the expenses of any medical care their loved one needed before they died. Plaintiffs may could also recover compensation to pay for their funeral and burial costs as well as the loss of contribution, companionship and inheritance.

Source: New York Daily News, "Joan Rivers' daughter Melissa settles suit against doctors blamed for comedian's death," Barbara Ross, May 12, 2016

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