Penny Steers

$10.4 Million Verdict for Injuries in 2016 NW 23rd Gas Explosion Case

On October 13, 2022, a Multnomah County jury awarded several million dollars to two people who suffered physical and emotional injuries in a 2016 gas explosion in Portland, and assessed punitive damages of $4.6 million against Loy Clark Pipeline Co. Both plaintiffs were represented by Greg Kafoury and Mark McDougal of Portland.   Firefighters responded after a natural gas explosion … Continue reading

Payette Clinic cases: Vancouver Pill Mill Linked to Wave of Deaths and Addiction

Rachel Daggett, 18, died of an overdose after ingesting Oxycodone. A trail of the illegally-diverted narcotic led back to the Payette Clinic in Vancouver, Washington. The clinic was subsequently exposed as a “pill mill,” in which LPNs were dispensing narcotics in unheard-of amounts to virtually anyone who would walk in off the street and claim that they were suffering from … Continue reading

Q: I Think My Doctor is Prescribing Too Many Drugs. What Can I Do?

A: It is common to trust your doctor. However, over-prescription is serious and can affect individual patients and the community.  From 2005 to 2009, nurses who ran the Payette Pain Clinic (including Kelly Bell, Penny Steers and Scott Pecora) in Vancouver prescribed opiates like Oxycontin and Methadone on much higher levels than the rest of the medical community, even other practitioners … Continue reading