An opinion in the Savannah Morning News exposes a troubling trend in nursing homes across the country. Many nursing homes are forcing or misleading residents to sign arbitration clauses in their contracts. These clauses force residents to negotiate with an arbiter before they or their families can sue the nursing home for neglect or abuse.
An unscrupulous nursing home may get a resident to sign such clauses by burying them deeply in contracts. They might even wait until the cognitive functions of a resident begin to decline so they can’t understand what they are signing. These nursing homes may claim that these clauses level the playing field between their clients and themselves, but they are more often used to delay justice. Drawing out the legal process may result that the patient dies before the case is fully resolved.
The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services is considering new regulations that would restrict nursing homes from using arbitration clauses. The proposed regulations are under public review right now. Go to www.regulations.gov and offer your comments on the proposed changes. One day, you may be in a nursing home yourself. Make sure your future nursing home has strong oversight.
If you have been in an accident or if you’ve been a victim of nursing home abuse, contact John Foy & Associates today for a free consultation. We serve the Atlanta Metro Area.