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Don’t Be Tricked Into Signing A Nursing Home Arbitration Agreement

TITLE: Don’t Let A Nursing Home Trick You Into An Arbitration Agreement with Jocelyn Bogdan

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David Terry, Jocelyn Bogdan

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In this episode, host and lawyer David Terry talks with Jocelyn Bogdan of The National Consumer Voice for Quality Long-Term Care about mandatory arbitration clauses contained within admission agreements of nursing homes.

Listen and learn more about:

·       What Consumer Voice does nationally to protect and empower nursing home residents.

·       What is Arbitration in general. When is arbitration good and when is arbitration bad.

·       What is a pre-dispute mandatory arbitration agreement in the context of nursing home admissions.

o   Be careful because you may be signing away your rights and the rights of your loved ones to hold the company accountable for negligent conduct.

·       What kinds of nursing home injuries do mandatory arbitration clauses cover?

o   Varies state by state but signing an admission agreement at a nursing home that contains an arbitration provision means you could be giving up your right to file a lawsuit from ANY injury that occurs from neglect or even abuse.

o   David and Jocelyn briefly discuss the case of a nun who was sexually assaulted at a nursing home who had no recourse to bring a lawsuit because of an arbitration agreement she had signed. (See link to Time Magazine below)

·       Why does the Nursing Home industry want arbitration agreements in their contracts?

o   Arbitration favors the repeat customers (the nursing homes)

o   Arbitration awards are generally more favorable to nursing homes

o   Many injured parties are priced out of arbitrations

o   There is less discovery in arbitration.

o   News about the wrongdoing that takes place at nursing homes are more likely to remain confidential during an arbitration than a lawsuit.

·       How does the Nursing Home Industry get people to sign arbitration agreements if they are so bad?

o   Failure to disclose the arbitration agreement

o   Failure to explain the arbitration agreement

o   Lack of understanding by the signer

o   The person signing the admission agreement is at one of the lowest points of their life and not thinking clearly.

·       When faced with a nursing home admission contract that has an arbitration clause, what do I do?

o   YOU DO NOT HAVE TO SIGN THE ARBITRATION AGREEMENT

o   Nursing homes cannot make signing the arbitration agreement a requirement to being accepted for residency at the facility.

o   Put huge X through it and write NO ARBITRATION

o   Always, always, always get a copy of the entire admission agreement that you have signed the day of admission.

o   Consider using a phone app to record the admission process so you have proof of what is said. (Get consent from everyone in the room and check your local/state laws before recording!)

CITED ARTICLES: 

An 87-Year-Old Nun Said She Was Raped in her Nursing Home. Here’s Why She Couldn’t Sue.

https://time.com/5027063/87-year-old-nun-said-she-was-raped-in-her-nursing-home/

LEARN MORE ABOUT

Jocelyn Bogdan
Website: https://theconsumervoice.org
Email: jbogdan@theconsumervoice.org

David Terry
Website: terrylawoffice.com
Contact No: 314-878-9797

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Terry Law Firm concentrates on nursing home abuse and neglect cases as well as elder abuse cases in the states of Missouri, Illinois, and Arkansas.

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