The family of the late actor Bill Paxton 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.
The move comes five months after the family reached a $1 million settlement with a medical group.
The new lawsuit, filed against Cedars-Sinai Medical Center more than four years ago, was set to go to trial next month.
However, the lawyers for Paxton’s 30-year-old wife, Louise, and their two children, James and Lydia, filed a notice with the Los Angeles Superior Court that they had agreed to settle the case.
Peace: The family of the late actor Bill Paxton 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, as the family is seen in January 2011
“The matter has been resolved to the mutual satisfaction of the parties,” attorneys for plaintiffs Bruce Broillet and Steve Heimberg said in a statement.
The conditions are confidential, the lawyers said. Emails requesting comment from the defendants were not immediately returned. The deal has yet to be approved by a judge.
Paxton, who starred in films such as Apollo 12, Titanic and Aliens and on television series including Big Love, died on February 11, 2017.
The cause was a stroke that came 11 days after surgery to replace a heart valve and repair damage to the aorta, according to his death certificate.
The new lawsuit, filed more than four years ago against Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, was set to go to trial next month, but lawyers for Paxton’s wife, Louise, who is already 30 years old, and their two children, James and Lydia, filed a complaint. Los Angeles Superior Court notice that they had agreed to settle the matter, family is seen in September 2005
The lawsuit, filed a year later, alleged that the surgeon, Dr. Ali Khoynezhad, used a “high risk and unconventional surgical approach” that was unnecessary and that he did not have the experience to perform, and that he downplayed the risks of the procedure.
The misguided treatment caused Paxton to suffer excessive bleeding, cardiogenic shock and a compromised coronary artery, the suit claimed, saying Cedars-Sinai knew that Khoynezhad had a tendency to “engage in excessive surgery and exhibit sub-optimal judgment.”
The defendants said in court documents that Paxton and his family knew and understood the risks of the procedure, and voluntarily went ahead with the operation. According to the defendants, there was no negligence that led to his death.
The four-year legal battle was marked by frequent attempts by the Paxton family to extract more discovery evidence from the hospital, and frequent court hearings on the matter.
Icon: Paxton, who starred in films such as Apollo 12, Titanic and Aliens and on television series including Big Love (pictured), died on February 11, 201
In February, the family received $1 million in another settlement with a medical group.
The actor’s family complained to Dr. Moody Makar, the anesthesiologist for Paxton’s February 2017 surgery, and General Anesthesia Specialists Partnership, in February 2018.
The group denied responsibility for Paxton’s death, stating that their staff met the standard of care as far as their commitment to the care and treatment of… Paxton, and nothing their staff did or did not do caused or contributed to to his death .’
While the group “denies liability in this case,” it added that the settlement “will reasonably compensate plaintiffs and avoid exposing the defendant to expensive and time-consuming lawsuits.”
In February, the family received $1 million in another settlement with a medical group, Paxton and son James are seen in January 2017
The attorney for Makar and General Anesthesia Specialists Partnership, Robert Reback, said the settlement dismisses Makar without paying the settlement, adding that the settlement was “a business decision.”
The lawsuit was first filed by the widow of Bill Paxton and their children in February 2018.
Born and raised in Fort Worth, Texas, Paxton was one of the busiest actors in the industry from the early 1980s until his death, with nearly 100 credits, including Twister and Weird Science.
He was starring in the CBS drama series Training Day when he died.
Born and raised in Fort Worth, Texas, Paxton was one of the industry’s busiest actors from the early 1980s until his death, with nearly 100 credits, including Twister and Weird Science, the family pictured in September 2005