Let Your Voice Be Heard: Sign the Petition to Stop Nursing Homes from Using Forced Arbitration
Please consider joining an online pledge to allow our nation's elderly nursing home residents to regain their 7th Amendment constitutional right to a trial by jury.
I have written and lectured on this topic before.
You can visit this link to an online petition: https://www.change.org/p/tell-nursing-homes-to-stop-stealing-seniors-rights
Both Nebraska and Iowa both ban pre-injury arbitration agreements in malpractice or negligence cases. However, the federal government and the US Supreme Court have overruled individual states on this matter. This online petition is one way to let the federal government know citizens want these pre-injury, mandatory arbitration agreements in nursing homes to be decided by state law.
Checking in to a nursing home is a very stressful and unfamiliar process. Family members just want their loved one to be received by the nursing home. These arbitration agreements are buried deep in the nursing home admission paperwork.
The arbitration agreement is usually signed along with stacks of paperwork and forms in the first hours of a nursing home admission. The agreement is used by the nursing home to force elderly residents to forever give up their right to go to court, even when they suffer physical or sexual abuse, neglect, or wrongful death. Instead of presenting their cases in court, victims of elder abuse who have signed such agreements must resolve their disputes in a confusing, secretive, private dispute system that favor business interests over individuals.
Carlson & Burnett attorney, Rich Hitz frequently addresses audiences in Nebraska and Iowa on nursing home abuse and neglect issues. Mr. Hitz has led and organized educational seminars for other lawyers in an effort to increase professional awareness and understanding of these issues.
If you believe that a loved one may be the victim of nursing home neglect or elder abuse in Nebraska or Western Iowa, you should take action quickly and contact us to set up a free consultation with Rich Hitz.