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Bill Paxton family settles hospital lawsuit over death

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FILE - Bill Paxton arrives at the Critics' Choice Television Awards at the Beverly Hilton Hotel on May 31, 2015, in Beverly Hills, Calif. The family of the late actor has agreed to settle a wrongful death lawsuit against a Los Angeles hospital and the surgeon who performed his heart surgery shortly before he died in 2017, according to a court filing Friday, Aug. 19, 2022.
FILE - BILL PAXTON HAS ARRIVED Critics' Choice Television Awards held May 31, 2015 at the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Beverly Hills, CA. The late actor's family has agreed to settle a wrongful death lawsuit against a Los Angeles hospital and the surgeon who performed his heart surgery. It was shortly before he died in 2017, according to court documents filed on Friday, August 19, 2022. Filed in court on Friday.

A lawsuit filed against Cedars-Sinai Medical Center more than four years ago was scheduled to go to trial next month. However, attorneys for Paxton's wife of 30 years, Louise, and their two children, James and Lydia, have filed a notice in Los Angeles Superior Court that they have agreed to a settlement.

"The matter was resolved to the mutual satisfaction of both parties," plaintiffs' attorneys Bruce Brouye and Steve Heimberg said in a statement.

The terms are confidential, according to attorneys. E-mails seeking comment from defendants were not immediately returned. The deal still has to be approved by a judge.

Paxton, who starred in films such as 'Apollo 12', 'Titanic' and 'Alien', as well as his TV series such as 'Big Love', died on February 11, 2017.

According to his death certificate, the cause was a stroke that occurred 11 days after he had surgery to replace his heart valve and repair damage to his aorta.

In a lawsuit filed a year later, the surgeon accused Dr. Ali Khoynezhad of using "high-risk and unconventional surgical approaches" needlessly, inexperienced, and disrespectful. claimed to be. Procedure risk.

Due to the misguided treatment, Paxton suffered excessive bleeding, cardiogenic shock, and coronary artery damage, the complaint alleges, and Cedars-Sinai said he believed Khoynezhad had undergone "unusual surgery." "I knew that I was engaged and tended to show suboptimal judgment."

Defendants said in court documents that Paxton and his family knew and understood the risks associated with the surgery and voluntarily continued the operation. It said there was no negligence that led to the death.

The four-year legal battle was marked by attempts by the Paxton family to extract more evidence from the hospital and by frequent court hearings on the matter. attached.

Born and raised in Fort Worth, Texas, Paxton was one of the industry's most prolific actors from the early 1980s until his death, including "Twister" and "Strange Science." Accumulated his nearly 100 credits. He was in the CBS drama series 'Training Day' when he passed away.


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