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Mandatory Arbitration May Be Hidden in Nursing Home Admitting Documents

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When you are admitting your loved one to a nursing home, you will be given many documents to sign. Signing one of those documents (perhaps called a “Business Contract”) may give up the resident’s right to bring a lawsuit against the nursing home if she is injured because of the care she receives there. Instead, the “contract” will require that any disputes arising between the resident and the facility will be resolved through mandatory arbitration. That means -- 

  • The resident cannot sue the facility
  • The resident cannot have a jury decide the merits of the complaint
  • The resident cannot appeal the decision of the arbitrator

In other words, the resident will have given up important rights protected by the Constitution. 

See the fuller article in our library.http://www.rohrstafflaw.com/library/Arbitration_Article.pdf

Category: Elder Neglect

Sandra Rohrstaff
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