Actor’s Family Settles Wrongful Death Suit After He Dies During Heart Surgery
The actor, famous for his roles in Twister, Aliens, Titanic, and more, died shortly after heart surgery in 2017 at the age of 61
According to court papers submitted on Wednesday with the Los Angeles Superior Court, attorneys for co-defendants General Anesthesia Specialists Partnership are seeking approval of a settlement of $1 million between Paxton’s family and the company.
The agency was involved in Paxton’s heart surgery that occurred at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles less than two weeks before his death on Feb. 25, 2017, at the age of 61.
While General Anesthesia denied any direct responsibility in Paxton’s death, documents showed that the intent of the settlement was to reach an agreement that would “reasonably compensate plaintiffs and avoid exposing defendant to an expensive and time consuming litigation.”
The filing says the settlement is contingent on the court’s finding it was made in good faith, NBC News reports.
The other defendants named in the suit are Cedars-Sinai Medical Center and Dr. Ali Khoynezhad, a cardiothoracic surgeon employed by Cedars-Sinai who the Paxton family alleges provided the actor with “negligent diagnosis, management, and treatment,” leading to the complications that resulted in his untimely death.
According to court documents first obtained by the Fort Worth Star-Telegram, the family claims Cedars-Sinai “misrepresented and/or concealed information relating to the risks of surgery and care that would be provided and/or failed to adequately explain the proposed treatment or procedure.”
The family is also claiming that the hospital “failed to disclose that [Dr. Khoynezhad] was going to use a high risk and unconventional surgical approach with which he lacked experience and which was, based upon information and belief, beyond the scope of his privileges.”
Furthermore, they allege that Dr. Khoynezhad was “not in the hospital” when Paxton “began suffering the complications” and failed to arrange for “continuous care and coverage” for the actor while he was away. This, the lawsuit alleges, caused “a delay in treatment resulting in damage.”
As a result of the hospital and surgeon’s alleged negligence, Paxton had to undergo a series of procedures that ultimately led to his death ten days later, according to the documents.
“Bill Paxton and his family trusted the physicians and staff at this medical facility but instead Cedars-Sinai betrayed their trust,” said the family’s attorney Bruce Broillet in a statement at the time. “The surgeon’s actions resulted in this tragic and preventable death.”
Broillet, as well as press contacts for Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, could not be immediately reached by PEOPLE for comment on Thursday.