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Suit claims wrongful death

A Newport Heights, Ironwood, man claims a salmonella bacteria spreading throughout the Sky View and Villa Maria nursing homes in Hurley was a "substantial factor in contributing to the illness, infection, and death" of his mother.

In filing an Iron County lawsuit on Wednesday against Lawrence, Laureen, and John Kutz, the Villa Maria Health and Rehabilitation Center, Sky View Nursing Center, and Lexington Insurance Company, Keith L. Anderson claims "the defendants failed to timely warn residents of all facilities that an outbreak of salmonella was occurring or had occurred."

According to the complaint, prior to Feb. 25, 2004, but after Feb. 6, 2004, the Villa and Sky View, delivered food to Anderson at the Sky View.

Shortly after consuming some of the food, Anderson became seriously ill because the food was contaminated with salmonella bacteria, the complaint said.

Anderson seeks "an amount to be determined by the trier of fact, recovery of expenses for last illness and burial, costs and attorneys’ fees, and whatever other relief deemed equitable and just."