The Law Offices of JM Reinan, PC recently tried a case on behalf of Virginia Wolfskill against her former rehabilitation facility, Alpine Living Center, which is located in Thornton. Alpine Living Center is owned and operated by SavaSeniorCare, a national nursing home chain with multiple facilities in Colorado.
Virginia Wolfskill, who was in her late 50s at the time, was admitted to Alpine Living Center for short-term rehabilitation and strengthening following a total knee replacement surgery. Ms. Wolfskill claimed that shortly after her admission to Alpine she developed a wound next to her surgical incision. She claimed that Alpine’s nursing staff failed to assess, measure and treat her wound. Then, on or about November 6, 2007, Ms. Wolfskill’s roommate fell on her newly replaced knee, further aggravating the wound. Even after this significant incident, Alpine staff still failed to assess, measure and treat her wound. Ms. Wolfskill claimed that due to the negligent care of this wound, the wound tunneled down to her prosthetic knee, causing an infection that later resulted in the removal of her prosthetic knee and the fusion of her leg bone.
In addition to allegations of Alpine’s negligent care of her wound, Ms. Wolfskill also put on evidence concerning Alpine’s loss or destruction of some of her medical records directly related to the roommate’s fall incident and her wound care.
The Adams County jury found in Ms. Wolfskill’s favor, awarding her $135,000.00 in damages. With interest and costs, her verdict totals just over $200,000.00.