Bill Paxton's Family Blames Surgeon Who Operated on Him and Hospital for Actor's Death at 61

PEOPLE.com | 2/13/2018 | Staff
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Bill Paxton’s family is blaming the hospital and doctor who operated on him last year for his untimely death.

The Big Love star’s family and estate has filed a wrongful death lawsuit against surgeon Ali Khoynezhad and the Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, according to court documents first obtained by the Fort Worth Star-Telegram.

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Paxton’s family is accusing the doctor and the hospital of providing the actor with “negligent diagnosis, management, and treatment,” which they say led to the complications that resulted in the actor’s death last Feb. 25. He was 61.

According to the lawsuit, 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.”

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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.”

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As a result 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. “The surgeon’s actions resulted in this tragic and preventable death.”

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According to the statement, Dr. Khoynezhad left his position as a surgeon at Cedars-Sinai shortly after Paxton’s death. “We are pursuing accountability and justice from a physician and a...
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