NH Nursing Home Injury
NH Personal Injury – You may have an elderly loved one who is at that stage in life where they need to be cared for in a nursing home. Do you know they probably signed away any rights to sue for them? Nursing homes caught on early to putting an arbitration clause in their contracts which are several pages long and hard to follow. When a loved one keeps falling due to substandard care or they develop acute bedsores, etc. we are often asked to pursue a case against the nursing home.
Unfortunately, most people sign the mandatory arbitration clause rather than crossing it out before signing the contract. Some homes may not always push back if you cross the clause out but if you don’t cross it out you’ve given up your right to go to court.
Recently, the federal Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services has issued a new rule that says if a nursing facility receives federal funds they cannot force someone to sign an arbitration clause giving up their right to go to court.
If you or someone you love is considering going to live in a nursing home, you need to talk to a NH injury lawyer about whether or not the clause is one you want to sign. If you have questions regarding a contract, it is important to contact one of our NH personal injury lawyers at Douglas, Leonard & Garvey, P.C. Call us at 1-800-240-1988 or fill out our online contact form.