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Dead man’s mother files suit against Salem Village

JOLIET – The mother of a man who died last year filed a wrongful death lawsuit against Salem Village Nursing and Rehabilitation Center.

The lawsuit claims Michael Morris, who was 43 at the time of his death, was at high risk of developing and then developed multiple pressure ulcers and an infected tracheostomy and gastrostomy tube while at Salem Village. The ulcers and infections “caused a deterioration in his physical and mental health.”

The center is also accused of failing to provide properly supervised nursing and personal care, including turning and repositioning Morris at least every two hours, daily skin inspections, weekly skin assessments and nutritional monitoring.

Salem Village provides nursing, intermediate and rehabilitation services, and is located in the 1300 block of Rowell Avenue in Joliet.

Morris was admitted to Salem Village in or around July 2015 for nursing and rehabilitative services. The lawsuit also said the center was receiving payment from Medicaid and/or Medicare to provide care and treatment for Morris.

Morris’ mother, Ruby Morris, is the independent administrator of his estate and filed the lawsuit. She is represented by attorneys at Steven J. Malman & Associates.

The lawsuit is seeking more than $50,000 in damages, attorneys’ fees and other costs.

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