Pinnacle Recovery Services and its CEO, Dr.
As part of the settlement, in which the doctor and clinic agreed to be found negligent, the families agreed to seek damages only from
Awsumb found that MJUA was exempt from having to pay damages because its policy with Stroemer was for medical malpractice professional liability -- and the families' lawsuit was not a claim for damages by a patient.
But he did find that West Bend Mutual was obligated to pay
"We had sought more than that from West Bend, and West Bend had tried to avoid paying anything -- so it's a mixed victory for these families who have been fighting tooth-and-nail against these insurance companies from the day their two family members were taken away from them," said
Sieff said the families had argued that the coverage provided by West Bend Mutual should have afforded payment of damages of
Sieff said Friday that he would need to consult with his clients before deciding whether or not to appeal all or part of the ruling.
"These folks have been through hell and back -- they need time to reflect and think about what they want to do and talk with us, and make a decision on which way to go," he said.
Lingren, 29, and Gamache, 25, were killed in a multi-vehicle crash along
Brigan had received methadone treatment at the Pinnacle clinic in
Brigan, now 30, is serving a six-year prison sentence after pleading guilty to criminal vehicular homicide charges.
Attorneys for the families alleged that Stroemer never conducted a physical examination of Brigan or even looked at her medical records prior to prescribing her a take-home dose of the narcotic.
However, defense attorneys acknowledged in the settlement agreement that Pinnacle and Stroemer faced a "significant risk" of being found liable for a substantial judgment if the case went to trial.
Pinnacle is one of a number of for-profit methadone providers in
Last month the
And earlier in August, the
At the August meeting, County Commissioner
Hilger said of those patients who remain in the program for one year, 90 percent remain free of illicit opiate use and 70 percent remain free of any illicit drug use. Of patients accepted at the clinic, 60 percent remain in the program for one year, and the average time to sobriety is 2.5 years.
"We don't want to be the methadone capital of
Hilger said he agreed with Nystrom, and said that ideally there would be several smaller sites opened throughout the state instead of larger programs like the one in
Pinnacle Recovery Services continued to be listed as the license-holder for the facility on Friday, according to
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