The sudden passing of a loved one oftentimes leaves a victim's family reeling with grief. Learning though that their loved one's death was the direct result of someone else's negligence can make the loss that much more difficult to bear. In situations such as this, as our frequent Orange County readers already know, a victim's family and loved ones may seek restitution from the at-fault party as a way of not only paying for damages the negligence may have caused but also as a way of getting closure from the tragedy.
This is perhaps why Melissa Rivers, daughter of the late actress and comedian Joan Rivers, along with the executors of Rivers' estate have filed a wrongful death lawsuit against the parties they believe to be responsible for Joan's death. In a 281-paragraph complaint, the plaintiffs explain that several missteps led to the actress' death including: performing a procedure without the patient's consent, allowing a doctor not credentialed by the defendants to assist in the procedure, failure to monitor vitals and failure to react to the patient's distress in a timely manner.