Wolfe, John et al v. Canyon Sudar Partners et al
Larimer County District Court, 2007CV1189
This case was brought on behalf of then 90-year-old John Wolfe and his three daughters against Spring Creek Health Care Center, a nursing and rehabilitation facility in Fort Collins, Colorado, and its owner, Sava Senior Care. The Wolfes alleged that the nursing home caused the wrongful death of their wife and mother, Doris Wolfe. Mrs. Wolfe was admitted to Spring Creek for a short, one-week rehabilitation stay following a back surgery. She was 87-years-old at the time of her admission to the facility.
Early in the morning on the day Mrs. Wolfe was scheduled to be discharged home from Spring Creek, she rang her call light to get assistance with going to the bathroom. After no one came to help her, she attempted to get up and go on her own. Mrs. Wolfe fell on her way to the bathroom, fracturing her ankle. The facility failed to catch the fracture in x-ray reports, and discharged Mrs. Wolfe home with the broken ankle, unbeknownst to her and her family. Mrs. Wolfe ultimately required surgery on her ankle, and died shortly thereafter of a “failure to thrive.”
The case was tried to a Larimer County jury on September 8-15, 2008. The claim for relief was negligence resulting in wrongful death. On September 16, 2008, the jury returned a verdict in favor of John Wolfe and his three daughters in the amount of $375,000.00.
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