Four months after Joan Rivers passed away from complications resulting from losing consciousness and going into cardiac arrest during an endoscopic procedure, her daughter Melissa Rivers lawyered up and sued the clinic where it all went down. According to the lawsuit, Melissa accused Yorkville Endoscopy and Dr. Gwen Korovin (the doctor who was working on her) of being beyond unprofessional – like taking a selfie with Joan while she was under – and slapped at them for being the kind of incompetent that caused her mother to end up in the ICU.
I know pretty much nothing about situations involving lawyers, lawsuits, money, famous people, and hospitals, so I just assumed this had the potential to get especially messy. But apparently it didn’t. TMZ says that Melissa has settled her malpractice lawsuit with Yorkville Endoscopy, and she did it fast. According to TMZ, it never even reached the deposition stage. Melissa released this statement regarding the settlement:
“In accepting this settlement, I am able to put the legal aspects of my mother’s death behind me and ensure that those culpable for her death have accepted responsibility for their actions quickly and without equivocation. Moving forward, my focus will be to ensure that no one ever has to go through what my mother, Cooper and I went through and I will work towards ensuring higher safety standards in out-patient surgical clinics.”
“And while you’re at it, can you make sure those tacky bitches also stop taking selfies with knocked-out people?” whispered Joan’s ghost.
It’s not known how much money Yorkville Endoscopy will be stuffing into Melissa’s pockets, but a source hinted to TMZ that it’s somewhere in the 8-figures range. I’m hoping that’s on the higher end of 8-figures, like $90 million as opposed to a measly $10 million. That way, Melissa will have enough money to fight the good fight and be the Erin Brockovitch of the outpatient medical clinic world, and still have enough left over to start a foundation for underprivileged lapdogs. You know, to cover the cost of diamond doggy collars and weekly pawdicures. All lapdogs should be able to experience a life as glamorous as Joan’s dogs did. It’s what Joan would want.