The family of late actor Bill Paxton has agreed to settle their wrongful death claim against a hospital and surgeon who performed heart surgery on him shortly before his death on 2017.
The legal case filed against Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles more than four years ago was scheduled for trial next month, but attorneys for Louise, Paxton’s wife and two children they filed in the city’s Superior Court on Friday that they have agreed to settle the case.
Terms of the agreement are confidential, and the family’s legal team only said: “The matter has been resolved to the satisfaction of the parties.”
The agreement still has to be approved by a judge.
Paxton, 61, who starred in films like Apollo 13, Titanic and Aliens, passed away on February 25, 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 the surgeon used a “unique and high-risk surgical approach” that was unnecessary and that he lacked the experience to do so, and that he reduced the risks of the procedure.
The wrong treatment left Paxton with excessive bleeding, cardiogenic shock and damaged coronary arteries, the alleged act, and Cedars-Sinai said surgeons tend to be “involved in surgeries. sketchy techniques and make suboptimal judgments”.
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 argued that no negligence led to his death.
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, amassing nearly 100 credits, also starring in Twister and Weird Science.
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