A Colorado jury awarded $2.8 million to a man who suffered permanent paralysis after being prematurely discharged from the emergency department at Parkview Medical Center in Pueblo.
The decision came after a nine-day jury trial regarding events at Parkview Medical Center Feb. 11, 2016. Woodruff presented evidence in Pueblo County District Court that the emergency department team at Parkview Medical Center in Pueblo was negligent in their treatment of Samuel Chifalo when he arrived following a fall. Chifalo, who was 63 years old at the time, suffered injury to his spinal cord when he fell and struck his face on furniture. If treated promptly with neurosurgery, the spinal cord injury could have been reversed, but unfortunately Mr. Chifalo was discharged from the emergency department with the injury not recognized by the staff.