When a person in Boston has a medical issue that requires surgery, they must consider many different things. With a problem serious enough that it requires surgery, there are numerous worries. Most people won’t think about the possibility of a surgeon mistake that will kill or cause serious injury to them. However, surgeon malpractice does happen and people are hurt or suffer a fatality because of it. It’s important to know how to move forward after a mistake like this occurs.

The actress and comedian, Joan Rivers, died recently after a routine surgery went wrong. According to the investigation, Rivers was scheduled to have an endoscopy when a doctor from outside the facility where the procedure was being performed requested permission to use their surgical instruments to conduct a biopsy on her vocal cords. The clinic reportedly only handles digestive problems. When the biopsy was done, Rivers’ vocal cords are believed to have seized and she was unable to receive any air. She was rushed to the hospital, placed into a medically-induced coma and died less than a week later. The investigation is still ongoing.

If there is serious injury or death after a surgeon mistake, the family who has suffered the loss will have a great deal to consider. With injury, there is the possibility of worsened condition, a long hospital stay and the costs accompanying these issues. It’s possible that the person will need rehabilitation and long-term care. They may never be able to return to normal life, could be unable to work and will spend the rest of their lives in need of constant assistance. If there is a fatality, the family left behind could be without a primary earner or stay-at-home parent. Filing a lawsuit may be the only way for a family to be properly compensated.

In the case of Rivers, it is alleged that her doctor performed a biopsy in an environment where it should not have been performed. With a case such as this, it’s important that a full investigation be conducted. To move forward with a case in circumstances such as this, the first step is to discuss the matter with an experienced attorney.

Source: New York Daily News, “Joan Rivers had surprise throat biopsy that cut off her air supply, source claims,” Don Kaplan, Sept. 9, 2014