According to the family, Paxton went to the Beverly Hills-area Cedars-Sinai Medical Center seeking treatment for a congenital aortic valve condition and aortic aneurysm. Dr. Ali Khoynezhad and the hospital recommended a minimally invasive procedure, which Paxton’s family state they later discovered was “unnecessary.”
During the days leading up to his surgery, Paxton’s family states the hospital and surgeon concealed the risks of the “maverick” procedure from them. They allege that Khoynezhad and Cedars-Sinai wanted to perform the unconventional operation for their own “personal and reputational benefit.”
According to the complaint, Cedars-Sinai Medical Center and Khoynezhad failed to disclose that the planned procedure to repair an aortic aneurysm was “high risk and unconventional,” and that the surgeon lacked experience in doing the procedure. The wrongful death also alleges Khoynezhad wasn’t in the operating room when Paxton began experiencing the complications that led to his death 11 days later, from a stroke.
Nearly 100 unnamed people are targeted by the lawsuit, individuals who acted negligently or provided harmful treatment to Paxton that caused his death. South Bay Medical Partners is also a named defendant.
Further, Paxton’s family is accusing Khoynezhad of battery by “intentionally perform[ing] unnecessary heart surgery.” The complaint also includes a claim of breach of fiduciary duty, which the family assert, is because both the surgeon and Cedars-Sinai failed to act in Paxton’s best interest by recommending a dangerous and unnecessary treatment.