Pueblo Jury Awards $5.5 Million in Wrongful Death, Negligence Case

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A jury has found the Life Care Center of Pueblo and its Tennessee-based parent company negligent in the death of Sophia Alcon. According to Brent Moss, Alcon family attorney, Ms. Alcon, 77, spent several months at the center before her death in 2013. He says she experienced bruising, weight loss, and a urinary tract infection among other issues during her residence there.

The Pueblo jury awarded the Alcon family more than $5 million, but Moss said for the family, it wasn't about the money.

"I think they just wanted some closure and answers to the questions that they had, to a lot of questions that they had posed to facility management and folks working at the facility while their mother was there," he said.

Keith Jackson, current executive director of the Life Care Center of Pueblo, declined to comment on the case except to say they plan to appeal it.

"The goal that we're trying to achieve is to enhance the quality of life of the individual that's here and that's an individual by individual case," Jackson said.

The center, which opened in 1989, can house 171 patients, and staffs more than 200 employees. Jackson says he was not director at the time of Alcon's death.