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Bill Paxton's family sues hospital over his death

Arizona film and TV fans may be interesting in learning that the family of late actor Bill Paxton is suing Cedars-Sinai Medical Center for negligence over his death in early 2017. However, the hospital is denying responsibility.

Paxton had surgery to replace a heart valve and repair an aortic aneurysm on Feb. 14, 2017, but he died of a stroke 11 days later. According to his family's wrongful death complaint, which was filed on May 3, both the hospital and the surgeon who performed the operation failed to adequately explain the risks of the procedure to the 61-year-old "Big Love" actor. It further contends that the surgeon was not in the hospital when Paxton began suffering complications and did not arrange for proper coverage in his absence, which caused a harmful delay in care.

However, in an answer to the lawsuit, the hospital and surgeon denied the accusations, saying that Paxton and his family were aware of the risks involved in the surgery. The defendants further asserted that the actor had an existing medical condition that made the procedure more risky for him. Paxton appeared in nearly 100 films and TV shows over a 40-year career, including "Terminator," "Aliens," "Apollo 13," "Titanic" and "Hatfields and McCoys." He is survived by his wife and two children.

Victims of hospital negligence may have grounds to file a medical malpractice lawsuit seeking compensation. An attorney could carefully assess the details of a victim's case and gather the evidence necessary to hold the responsible doctors and medical facilities accountable for their mistakes. Damages paid in medical malpractice suits vary, but victims commonly seek compensation for medical expenses, pain and suffering, mental anguish and lost wages.

Source: People, "Bill Paxton's Surgeon and Hospital Deny Responsibility for His Death," Mike Miller, May 3, 2018

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