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Paxton family sues over surgeon's alleged errors

If you follow news reports about celebrities, you may have heard about the unexpected death of Bill Paxton. The actor had to have heart surgery, but his family claims complications and errors resulted in his untimely death.

Any time a loved one dies as a result of complications it becomes a tragedy. It's worse when you believe that the surgeon did something wrong, like this family does. They claim that the surgeon used a high-risk procedure despite the fact that it was unnecessary. Additionally, they believe that he didn't have the right experience to perform the surgery.

Before any surgery, medical providers are supposed to talk to patients and their families about the risks. In this case, the surgeon allegedly played down the risks, giving Paxton less information about the dangers than he should have. This could have led to the patient choosing a more dangerous procedure without realizing it.

His family claims that the hospital, Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, knew about the surgeon's past tendency to engage in dangerous surgeries and to use poor judgment. The treatment allegedly led to Paxton suffering from cardiogenic shock, excessive bleeding and a compromised coronary artery. He died 11 days after the surgery as a result of a stroke, according to his death certificate.

Complications may arise after a surgery, but they not necessarily the same as errors. If true errors are made, it's the family of a patient who can pursue a claim. The death of a loved one is difficult, but a well-executed claim can help cover lost financial support and other losses.

Source: Infosurhoy, "Bill Paxton family sues hospital, doctor for wrongful death," Toby Murphy, accessed Feb. 16, 2018

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