Arbitration Clauses Allow for Continued Nursing Home Abuse

Congress is considering the Fairness in Nursing Home Arbitration Act of 2009, which would invalidate mandatory arbitration agreements in nursing homes. This is an important law that needs to be passed in order to advance in the fight against nursing home abuse. Nursing homes make you sign a mandatory arbitration agreement when they accept your loved one for admission. Initially, nursing homes win you over with their promises of good, attentive, compassionate, and empathetic care. The last thing you are thinking about at that time is a nursing home abuse lawsuit. If, however, your family does find itself in the midst of injuries suffered … [Read more...]

Nursing Home Abuse Prevention: Good Communication is Key

I have spoken with hundreds of families to discuss whether they can sue for nursing home abuse. Bad, negligent, and abusive care at a nursing home can lead to a number of injuries, including - preventable falls and fractures, bedsores, medication errors, unfulfilled doctor’s orders, and sexual and physical assaults by staff and other residents. The biggest complaint I hear from these families is that the nursing home does not properly communicate with them or their loved one's physician. This is troubling for many reasons: Families expect good communication, and often operate under the assumption that no communication from the staff … [Read more...]