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Joliet nursing home sued over alleged wrongful death of client

JOLIET – A Joliet nursing center is being sued for negligence in connection with the death of a 65-year-old woman.

On Nov. 27, Zachary Taylor, the son of Sandra Newkirk, filed a complaint against Salem Village Nursing and Rehabilitation Center, alleging their staff failed to follow a doctor’s orders in the administering of diabetes medication, which led to Newkirk’s death.

The complaint alleged that Newkirk was admitted to the nursing center on Feb. 25, 2016, and she died in March of that year.

“As a direct and proximate result of the death of Sandra Newkirk, deceased, Zachary Taylor has been deprived of society, companionship and affection and has suffered grief and sorrow and emotional distress,” the complaint alleged.

Taylor is seeking more than $50,000 in damages.

Calls to the administration of Salem Village Nursing and Rehabilitation Center on Friday and Monday were not returned.

Taylor’s attorney at Rathbun, Cservenyak & Kozol could not be reached for comment Monday.

The lawsuit also alleged the nursing center’s staff failed to follow their own policies regarding medication administration and failed to adequately train its employees in medication in administration.

According to Newkirk’s obituary, she was born in Jonesboro, Louisiana, and retired from the Chicago Sun-Times in 2000 after 18 years of employment.

She’s survived by Taylor; her friend, Robert Miller; her aunt, Betty Morrow; her brother, Mark Lewis; as well as several nieces, nephews, aunts, uncles and cousins.

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