My question involves a death that occurred in the state of: Nevada
My dad traveled frequently in the winter months and spent a lot of time in Nevada to keep warm. In February he passed away in the hotel he was staying at. I will share the facts.
On February 20th he checked into a hotel in Laughlin Nevada. He checked in for 2 days and prepaid with a credit card. His checkout day was the 22nd of February. I have the credit card charges proving that. Also his neighbor spoke to him on Sunday the 19th and he told her he would be staying 3 more days then making his way home.
The key card showed the last time anyone accessed the room was the evening of the 20th, I am assuming my dad went out for something to eat then went back to his room. When he went back to his room he placed his do not disturb sign out and dead-bolted his door. He was a senior who liked his privacy and was concerned for his safety. He was also a diabetic.
It is assumed based on the coroner report that he entered into insulin shock sometime during the evening of the 20th. The official cause of death was "Diabetes".
He was left in his room and no one checked on him until February 26th, a full 4 days after his checkout time. In that time no one bothered to care for him enough to check if he was OK. Keep in mind this was a large resort and casino, not a cheap motel. Furthermore it was 4 days beyond his checkout time. You would think someone would realize there might be a problem???
His body was so badly decomposed we had to send dental records to the coroner to identify him. I never saw the body or the coroner photos, the funeral home in Nevada told us he was not "viewable", which was extremely distressing to the family as we could not believe he had died in such a way. They shrouded him in chemicals to keep him from smelling and we flew him back. He went in the casket and it was sealed.
We are horrified that no one bothered the check on him for 6 days, even though he was supposed to check out in 2 days, they left him there to rot. If they would have checked on him and if he was in insulin shock they might have saved him. Furthermore we have a tremendous amount of grief over the advanced decomposition of his body.
My question is do we have a cause for litigation?