The family of late actor Bill Paxton has agreed to settle a false lawsuit against a Los Angeles hospital and surgeon who performed heart surgery on him shortly before his death in 2016. 2017, according to a court filed Friday.
The lawsuit, filed against Cedars-Sinai Medical Center more than four years ago, is scheduled to go to trial next month. But attorneys for Paxton’s wife of 30 years, Louise, and their two children, James and Lydia, filed in Los Angeles Superior Court that they had agreed to settle the case.
“The matter has been resolved to the satisfaction of the parties,” plaintiffs’ attorneys Bruce Broillet and Steve Heimberg said in a statement.
The terms are confidential, the lawyers said. Emails seeking comment from the defendants were not immediately returned. The agreement still has to be approved by a judge.
Paxton, who has starred in films such as “Apollo 13”, “Titanic” and “Aliens” and in television series including “Big Love”, passed away on February 11, 2017. .
The cause was a stroke that occurred 11 days after surgery to replace a heart valve and repair damage to the aorta, according to his death certificate.
The lawsuit, filed a year later, alleges that the surgeon, Dr Ali Khoynezhad, used “unconventional and high-risk surgical methods” that was unnecessary and that he lacked experience. to perform, and he downplayed the risks of the procedure.
The mistreatment caused Paxton to bleed excessively, go into cardiogenic shock and damage his coronary arteries, the lawsuit alleges, and says Cedars-Sinai knew that Khoynezhad, was inclined to “engage in minor surgeries. skittish and exhibits suboptimal judgment.”
The defendants said in court documents that Paxton and his family knew and understood the risks associated with the procedure, and voluntarily went ahead with the surgery. The defendants allege that there was no negligence that led to his death.
The four-year legal battle was marked by frequent efforts by the Paxton family to gather more exploratory evidence from the hospital and regular court hearings on the matter.
Paxton, who was born and raised in Fort Worth, Texas, was one of the industry’s busiest actors from the early 1980s until his death, accumulating nearly 100 credits, including “Twister” and “Weird Science.” He was starring in the CBS soap opera “Training Day” when he passed away.