News reports are surfacing that Joan Rivers has passed way at the age of 81.

Ms. Rivers was a trailblazer for female comedians and had fans all over the world.

News of her passing in New York has been a shock, especially given the fact she was still so active at her age.

A glance at the comment boards on some websites show a lot of confusion from the public.

“How can someone go in for an outpatient procedure and not walk out alive?”

This article in no way will deal with the specifics of Ms. Rivers’ care or anything like that.

Rather it will focus on one of the bigger issues, and that is many people do not really understand that any type of surgical procedure carries with it risk.

This is why it is important for patients to speak with their doctors about the pros and the cons of their prospective procedure.

It is ok to ask the hard questions of your doctor before moving forward, it’s your body and your life!

With that said, just because a procedure carries risk, it does not mean that your doctor or medical professional can needlessly endanger you.

For example, if there are flags in your chart that your heart is not strong enough to go through with the surgery, it can be argued that your doctor is needlessly endangering you if none of this is brought to your attention and the surgery is performed.

Another example of your doctor needlessly endangering you is when the anesthesiologist fails to review your medical drug history and you suffer an allergic reaction during the procedure because of this error.

These are but a few of the many examples of how doctors and other medical professionals can needlessly endanger their patient.

If you think that your injury or your loved one’s death was due to the doctor not giving proper and good accepted medical care, this is what we invite you to do if your matter happened in Maryland.

Pick up the phone and give us a call.

We can be reached at 301-850-4832.

We answer Maryland medical malpractice questions like yours all the time and we would be glad to listen to your story.

Marcus Boston is a Maryland medical malpractice attorney who helps people navigate the Maryland childbirth injury and medical malpractice process to get money for their injuries caused by the carelessness of doctors and hospitals.