Nodak Mutual Ins. Co. v. Stegman

20010225 Nodak Mutual Insurance Company
and Phillip Puls, Plaintiffs and Appellees
v.
Scott Stegman, Jeana Stegman,
personal representatives of the
Estate of Dennis Stegman,
Jeana Stegman, Shane Stegman,
Cory Stegman, Debora Dearinger,
as parent and natural guardian
of Shane Stegman and Cory
Stegman, Albert Stegman,
Jean Stegman, Sharon Gratton, Defendants
and Altru Health System, Defendant and Appellee
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Deborah Dearinger, as
parent and natural guardian of
Shane Stegman and Cory Stegman, Defendant and Appellant

Appeal from: District Court, Northeast Judicial District, Pembina County
Judge Donovan John Foughty
Nature of Action: Insurance
Counsel:
Appellant: Lee Hagen Law Office, Ltd.
Appellee: Nilles, Plambeck, Selbo & Harrie, Ltd.
Appellee: Camrud, Maddock, Olson & Larson, Ltd.
Term: 02/2002   Argument: 02/06/2002  1:30pm
ND cite: 2002 ND 113
NW cite: 647 N.W.2d 133

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Issues: Appellant's Statement of the Issues:
1. When there exists no claim for personal injury, does a medical lien asserted under N.D.C.C. '35-18-01 attach to the tortfeasor=s liability coverage?
2. If a medical lien asserted under N.D.C.C. '35-18-01 attaches to the liability coverage, does the medical lien take priority over the wrongful death claim made by the surviving heirs or must the liability coverage be equitably allocated among all claims made?

Appellee's Statement of the Issues:
I. Whether a hospital lien filed pursuant to N.D.C.C Chapter 35-18 for payment of medical services provided to patient as a result of injuries the patient received in an automobile accident attaches to the liability insurance policy of the tort-feasor who is alleged to have negligently caused the injuries requiring the hospitalization of the patient at the time the medical services are provided thereby creating a priority over a Wrongful Death claim which has not been commenced and did not exist until the death of the patient?
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Docket entries:
109/19/2001 NOTICE OF APPEAL: 09/17/2001
209/19/2001 ORDER FOR TRANSCRIPT: 09/17/2001
309/26/2001 Letter from Vogel Law Firm dated 9-25-01 RE: Dalen Ramstad is substituted for Bruce Quick to
409/26/2001 represent Scott & Jeana Stegman
510/12/2001 TRANSCRIPT DATED 12-13-99
610/15/2001 DISK - TRA (12-13-99)
710/15/2001 RECORD ON APPEAL
810/29/2001 Transcript dated December 20, 2000
910/30/2001 DISK - TRA of 12-20-2001
1011/16/2001 APPELLANT BRIEF
1111/16/2001 APPELLANT APPENDIX
1211/19/2001 DISK - ATB
1311/30/2001 Corrected Title page for ATB and letter of explanation from H. Patrick Weir dated 11-29-01
1411/30/2001 MOT. EXT/TIME APPELLEE BRIEF (sua sponte)
1511/30/2001 ACTION BY ACTING CHIEF JUSTICE (WAN)(SUA SPONTE). Granted: 12/30/2001
1612/17/2001 APPELLEE BRIEF (Nodak Mutual Ins. Co. & Phillip Puls)
1712/18/2001 DISK - AEB
1812/28/2001 APPELLEE BRIEF (Altru Health System)
1912/31/2001 DISK - AEB (Altru Health System)
2001/03/2002 Nodak Mutual and Puls do not intend to participate in oral argument
2101/03/2002 Letter dated 1-05-02 from Albert and Jean Stegman requesting that we discontinue copying them
2201/11/2002 REPLY BRIEF
2301/14/2002 DISK - RYB
2402/06/2002 APPEARANCES: H. Patrick Weir, Jr.; Gordon W. Myerchin; submitted on brief for AE Nodak & Puls
2502/06/2002 ARGUED: Weir; Myerchin; submitted on brief for AE Nodak & Puls (Vol. X; Page 202)
2602/06/2002 ORAL ARGUMENT WEBCAST
2707/11/2002 DISPOSITION: AFFIRMED
2807/11/2002 UNANIMOUS OPINION: Sandstrom, Dale V.
2907/11/2002 (CONCUR in the Result): Maring, Mary Muehlen: CON/RES
3007/11/2002 Costs on appeal taxed in favor of appellee
3107/15/2002 Order/Judgment Mailed to Parties
3207/16/2002 Corrected/Substitute Opinion Page 6 (sent counsel,judge & publishers)
3308/02/2002 MANDATE
3408/07/2002 RECEIPT SIGNED BY DISTRICT COURT CLERK'S OFFICE
3509/25/2007 EXPUNGED - Nonpermanent record items destroyed

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