Nursing Homes Hope to Limit Residents’ Rights; Congress May Take Action

Increasingly, nursing home operators seek to get their new residents to sign mandatory arbitration agreements that make it mandatory for residents to arbitrate outside of a courtroom any disputes over their nursing home care, nursing home abuse, or even wrongful death. An arbitration hearing is very different from a nursing home abuse lawsuit in court and often can result in the injured nursing home resident not being able to recover as much for their nursing home abuse.

Consumer advocates, nursing home abuse lawyers, and lawmakers agree that arbitration may not be the best means to protect seniors’ rights. Congress may soon consider banning arbitration agreements for nursing home residents and nursing home abuse after a bill was filed last week.

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