Conway, AR asked in Landlord - Tenant, Wrongful Death, Nursing Home Abuse and Public Benefits for Nevada

Q: My MIL passed away, and was a part of low income housing program in Las Vegas, and we feel there was severe neglect

Housing authority did annual inspec. to the apt she lived in since 1990. She was a hoarder,had agoraphobia and OCD. She had severe health problems due to the bed bug infestation that she had for (apparently) more than 5 yrs. They would come to do inspections, tell her to "clear paths to the door" and would come back in a few days and pass her every single time.NOTHING worked when the landlord recently entered her home. Not toilet/shower/stove/oven/fridge. She was 80 pounds when she was found unresponsive. She was treated for open wounds due to bed bug bites & died after being inpatient since May. Ive read the lease and am appalled at how they could have helped and just didnt. Is this not neglect by landlord & the gov housing program who had to have put wrong info on her inspection forms every year? We feel that her death was preventable & steps should have been taken to get her help. Do we have grounds for a case at all? There is much more info as well.

1 Lawyer Answer
Peter N. Munsing
Peter N. Munsing

A: Suggest you contact a member of the Nevada Trial Lawyers Association who handles things like nursing home neglect. They give free consults. Generally, the landlord would not be under a duty to get the tenant help. I'm surprised they let it go that far, but I don't see a jury saying they had to do the duty of a department of aging social worker. Let's face it, I'm not hearing the family was hammering on the health department, the aging department or social services to get her into a nursing home.

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