Plaintiff whose insurer delayed surgery is awarded $14 million over opioid dependency
Health Net was ordered to pay $7.5 million in punitive damages and $6.9 million in compensatory damages after the jury found that the company had delayed or denied care without proper cause, resulting in harm to the plaintiff, Elaine Courtney.
Health Net, which also administers Medi-Cal health plans, said it was “exploring [its] options to appeal.”
“Health Net believes the verdict in the trial is flawed,” the company said in a statement. “We will continue to vigorously defend our position in court as well as our record of providing quality care to millions of Californians.”