Amy Yasbeck, widow of John Ritter, is going after more people who were connected to her late husband’s heart treatment on the night he died. In her crosshairs are radiologist Matthew Lotysch and cardiologist Joseph Lee, to the tune of $67 million. She’s already received $9.5 million from Providence St. Joseph Medical Center in Burback, where died September 11, 2003. She’s also received more than $4 million from other civil lawsuit targets.
Providence St. Joseph Medical Center was cited a month after Ritter died by state regulators for failing to take a chest X-ray that was ordered by the ER doctor. Lotysch’s lawyer states that Ritter’s heart attack wasn’t preventable, but Yasbeck counters that Lotysch should have noticed Ritter’s enlarged aorta during the full body scan Ritter received in 2001. Yasbeck believes that if the doctors would have treated his enlarged aorta instead of treating it as a heart attack, he could’ve survived.
Yasbeck is prepared to undergo the jury trial and the revelations of her finances. She states that the importance of this trial will highlight what other families are going through when their loved ones have similar health problems.
I have to wonder, she’s already received over $13 million for her husband’s death. How much more does she want? Will $67 million bring him back? Nope. I’m no fan of the modern medical system, but I do have my misgivings about her reasons for wanting more, more more! If she does win this lawsuit, then I hope she donates every last penny she made off her husband’s death to those families she purports she’s going to trial for.
Update: In response to all the comments we’ve had on this post, Anni would like to reply. That means me. First off, I love to see how much you guys read us here at HollywoodHeartbreaker. Secondly, John Ritter’s widow is going to do what she wants. Of all the outrage I’ve seen over the topic, how many of people can really say, that if their husband died wrongfully at the hands of medical assistance, that they would not want “more, more, more”? Mike, “greedy white people”? I think you should take a look at some statistical evidence, when it comes to which races are trying to get more money out the government. Christian, “as a radiologist”, there isn’t much room for error in the medical world, when Americans already pay millions of dollars per year to the medical industry. Hypothetically, if I’m paying a fortune to save my husband’s life, the procedure better damn well be perfect. Jeanne, you have my every condolence for your loss. Money can’t replace a life, but Amy Yasbeck has -more- than every right to suck the system out of every penny she can get from them. Doctors are desensitized to devastation; but I bet the loss of those golfing trips, and Hawaiian vacations are getting a little hard to bear. MD: As a medical professional, do you believe really deserve pain and suffering has a cost? Would you attach a specific price to yours, if the positions were reversed? Lisa and Self-Righteous Blonde: I feel ya’. To all my readers, much love! Keep up the comments, and I’ll keep answering you.