Melissa Rivers has reached a settlement with the Upper West Side clinic that performed routine endoscopy for her mother Joan Rivers. There is no saying, however, just how much she made out of the deal as her team is mum on the specifics.
The settlement is in relation to the lawsuit she filed in 2015 following Joan Rivers’ death after going through the said medical procedure in August 2014.
The settlement announcement was made by Melissa Rivers’ attorneys Jeff Bloom and Ben Rubinowitz. The lawyers said that the medical malpractice lawsuit filed by their client against the Yorkville Endoscopy has been resolved, according to a report from Associated Press.
They refused, however, to state the amount of the settlement saying that they want to “make certain that the focus of this horrific incident remains on improved patient care and the legacy of Joan Rivers.”
The New York-based clinic, on the other hand, said the parties have decided to go into settlement to evade “protracted litigation.”
In a statement, the clinic said their “thoughts and prayers continue to go out to the Rivers family.”
“We remain committed to providing quality, compassionate healthcare services that meet the needs of our patients, their families and the community,” the statement added.
Days before the settlement was made final, Melissa Rivers admitted to People that she is “not quite in the healing phase” following Joan Rivers’ death.
Nonetheless, she revealed in a statement issued on Thursday that the settlement has allowed her to put aside the legal aspects of the former Fashion Police host’s death.
“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,” she said.
Melissa Rivers also shared that her focus moving forward is to make sure that no one would go through what their family went through. She added that she will working on safeguarding “higher safety standards in out-patient surgical clinics.”
The television host and producer then thanked her legal team for their “wise counsel and prompt resolution” of the lawsuit.