A Massachusetts for-profit methadone clinic has agreed to pay the family of an eight-year-old Jacksonville girl close to $1.8 million after she died in a 2005 truck crash involving a patient from the clinic. Stephen Fairchild, 24, had been treated at the Community Health Care Inc. clinic in Greenfield, Massachusetts, earlier in the day on the date of the accident in 2005. Fairchild’s autopsy results showed that the level of methadone was “peaking” at the time of the head-on accident, which killed both Fairchild and Kayla Lackey.
The Lackey estate sued Community Health Care Inc., which is based in Chicopee, Massachusetts, and Dr. Walter Slowinski because of their care of Fairchild, who had a long history of heroin abuse and erratic driving. The case against Dr. Slowinski, who prescribed anti-anxiety medication for Fairchild while he was on methadone, was settled out of court in January. Autopsy results also revealed recent use of cocaine and marijuana by Fairchild. Rolf Sternburg, a lawyer from Bernington, Vermont, represented the Plaintiff and did a very good job
Source: Associated Press
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