Joan Rivers' daughter settles lawsuit against the clinic which treated her late mother


The family of comedienne Joan Rivers has settled a lawsuit against the medical clinic which treated her shortly before her death.

The 81-year-old's daughter, Melissa Rivers, filed a medical malpractice lawsuit alleging that doctors at Yorkville Endoscopy in New York carried out unauthorised medical procedures, snapped a selfie with the comedian and failed to act as her vital signs deteriorated.

The lawsuit claimed that doctors at the clinic mishandled Joan's endoscopy and performed another procedure, known as a laryngoscopy, on her vocal cords without consent.

Melissa Rivers and her mother Joan

It was also alleged that an anesthesiologist expressed concern over what the procedure would do to Joan's ability to breathe, but was told she was being "paranoid" by the gastroenterologist performing the endoscopy.

Joan died in September 2014. The New York medical examiner found that her death was caused by brain damage due to lack of oxygen after she stopped breathing during the endoscopy.

An investigation found that the clinic made several errors, including failing to keep proper medication records and taking mobile phones pictures. The investigation also found that the clinic had failed to receive informed consent for every procedure performed and failed to record Joan's weight before administering sedation medication.

Joan Rivers in May 2014

Announcing the settlement, Melissa's lawyers said they were pleased that the case had been resolved but declined to specify the amount agreed.

In a statement, Melissa said the settlement allows her 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".