Bill Paxton's Family Files Wrongful Death Lawsuit Against Hospital

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The family of Bill Paxton believes his death past year was preventable, according to a wrongful death lawsuit filed by the family against the hospital and surgeon who treated the late actor.

The actor died of a stroke almost one year ago following a heart surgery for aortic aneurysm fix. The lawsuit alleging wrongful death including negligence and battery on the part of Ali Khoynezhad who is a cardiovascular surgeon and Cedars-Sinai Medical Center.

"Bill Paxton and his family trusted the physicians and staff at this medical facility but instead Cedars-Sinai betrayed their trust", said plaintiff attorney Bruce Broillet.

"We are pursuing accountability and justice from a physician and a hospital that failed to adequately protect Mr. Paxton", plaintiff attorney Steve Heimberg said in the release, according to the newspaper.

It's been nearly a year since Bill Paxton's death, but his family is still looking for answers. Paxton's death certificate officially lists his cause of death as stroke after heart surgery.

A report by USC's Center for Health Journalism said that people with Paxton's particular heart valve condition, known as a bicuspid valve, often have aortic aneurysms - a bulging of the aorta that can ultimately lead to a fatal rupture.

The complaint added that Paxton suffered multiple complications and that Khoynezhad was not in the operating room at the time.

Dr. Khoynezhad left his position at Cedars-Sinai shortly after Paxton's death.

"These remain our top priorities", the statement continued. One of the reasons for our high quality is that we thoroughly review concerns about any patient's medical care.

Furthermore, they say Khoynezhad neglected to provide continuing care after he left and caused a delay in treatment and further cardiac damage by not returning to the OR after being notified of what was happening to Paxton.

Paxton's family - his widow wife Louise Paxton, daughter Lydia, son James, and actor's estate filed suit in Los Angeles Superior Court late last week.

Paxton was born in Fort Worth on May 17, 1955.

Paxton, who appeared in films including Twister and Aliens, was 61 years old when he died last year.

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