It may be one of every person’s greatest fears. You have to have surgery and you have nightmares for days before about something going wrong. Some people even dream about never waking up from surgery.
Of course, doctors are sworn to “do no harm” and, in almost all cases, go above and beyond to care for their patients. When mistakes happen, though, serious – even deadly injuries – can occur. The mistake can be considered medical malpractice, or professional negligence, when a healthcare provider makes a medical error that causes injury or wrongful death.
The recent death of comedy legend Joan Rivers is being considered suspicious. Many reports have noted that an unauthorized biopsy was performed while Rivers was under anesthesia during a routine throat surgical procedure at a NYC outpatient clinic, Yorkville Endoscopy. In fact, Rivers’ daughter, Melissa, has publicly said she is considering filing a medical malpractice lawsuit after the investigation into Rivers’ death is finalized.
When a public figure, especially one as well-loved as Joan Rivers, dies, the circumstances of their death are scrutinized. This is especially true if reports of the alleged medical malpractice are true. However, the real spotlight should be on the escalating numbers of wrongful deaths that happen each year. Medical malpractice and other personal injury accident statistics are harrowing. There are almost 100,000 wrongful death each year do to medical malpractice and upwards of one million personal injury claims made each year due to medical malpractice.
If you or someone you love is suffering from injuries from a doctor’s negligence, talk to the experienced medical malpractice lawyers at Stenger, Diamond & Glass LLP. We will talk to you about your case for free and fight for maximum compensation for your injuries.