Jury awards over $5.5 million in Pueblo nursing home lawsuit

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PUEBLO, Colo. — A jury awarded over $5.5 million – a possible record-setting verdict – for the wrongful death and suffering of Sophia Alcon, a resident at Life Care Center of Pueblo.

George Alcon, Sophia’s son, first brought the trial to light in late January 2015 against the nursing home and its corporate owner, Life Care Centers of America, Inc.

Mr. Alcon was awarded a unanimous verdict of over $5.5 million on Friday, May 13. That figure includes $500,000 in damages stemming from the wrongful death of Ms. Alcon; $57,066.43 in economic damages for negligence, and another $5 million in punitive damages for wrongful death.

Ms. Alcon, 77 was first admitted as a resident of Life Care Center of Pueblo in April 2013. During her residency there, she endured repeated instances of abuse and neglect that led to multiple infections, bed sores, unexplained severe bruising, dehydration and malnutrition. She died on November 20, 2013 – nearly 7 months after she was first admitted to Life Care Center.

Most of Ms. Alcon’s 10 children were regular visitors at the nursing home, and attested to performing various nursing duties such as giving Ms. Alcon showers when nursing home staff refused to do so.

The two-week trial included included testimony from numerous witnesses including the Alcon children, 5 current employees of the facility and multiple treating physicians of Ms. Alcon.

The Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment conducted multiple surveys that cited Life Care Center of Pueblo for numerous regulatory violations similar to the deficiencies in care endured by Ms. Alcon.

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