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Medical malpractice lawsuit may provide closure to family


Posted on behalf of Michael D'Amico of D'Amico & Pettinicchi, LLC on Nov 07, 2014 in Medical Malpractice

There is no question that some wrongful death lawsuits that are based on medical malpractice are filed because those left behind need the financial help. This is not the only situation in which such a lawsuit might be pursued however. The actions taken by Melissa Rivers, daughter of the recently deceased comedian Joan Rivers, illustrate this.

Readers are likely aware that the comedian died several days after she stopped breathing during a medical procedure that took place at a doctor’s office. The Melissa recently hired a law firm to determine exactly what happened and whether anyone’s negligent actions were to blame for the death of the 81 year old.

As a part of this the law firm will gain access to the comedian’s medical records. If, in the course of analyzing these records it becomes apparent that medical malpractice of any sort was committed, a wrongful death lawsuit could be the next step. When a wrongful death lawsuit is successful, it will result in compensation to the party filing the claim.

The reason behind the legal action in this case is most likely not out of economic need. Reports indicate that Melissa inherited hundreds of millions of dollars from her mother. Instead, learning what happened could serve as closure. This could be true regardless of the findings of the investigation.

Dealing with the unexpected loss of a loved one is rarely easy. When the loss is the result of actions of another person, a lawsuit could be a good course of action. Individuals considering this approach could benefit from working with a lawyer.

Source: Forbes, “Why Did Joan Rivers Die? Melissa Rivers Seeks Answers" Danielle Mayoras and Andy Mayoras, Oct. 29, 2014