Pueblo jury awards $2.8M to paralyzed man


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A Pueblo jury returned a $2.8 million award to Samuel Chifalo, who was permanently paralyzed after being prematurely discharged from Parkview Medical Center’s emergency room, his attorneys said in a May 20 news release.

The award, which attorneys David Woodruff and Henry Miniter of Denver labeled as among Pueblo County’s highest, followed a nine-day trial.

After a fall, Chifalo went to Parkview on Feb. 11, 2016. Evidence showed Parkview’s employees failed to identify his spinal cord injury as repairable with neurosurgery before discharging him, the release said. Chifalo, 63 at that time, returned to the ER the next morning, but it was too late. He lost use of his legs and left arm and has limited sensation in his right arm, the release said.

A spokesperson for the nonprofit Parkview declined to comment, saying, “We are reserving comment until we can explore some of our options.” 

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