The American Association for Justice released a comprehensive new report entitled, “Standing Up For Seniors: How the Civil Justice System Protects Elderly Americans.” Today we will consider one of the ways in which nursing home conglomerates attempt to legally handcuff the residents in their care-forced arbitration clauses.
Most nursing home residents and their families are unaware of what it means to sign a forced arbitration clause. As part of the process to move into a facility, seniors sign many different documents. Typically, one of those documents includes a few lines that are buried in the fine print that bind the resident to “forced arbitration.” While it may not seem too important at the time, this clause often has a big impact on the rights of those injured while at a nursing home.
Nursing home administrators attempt to get residents to sign these clauses so that the nursing home will be in a superior legal position if there is ever a problem with resident care.