Pre-Dispute Arbitration Agreements

The Huffington Post recently featured a post titled “Corporate America’s Latest Target:  Nursing Home Patients.”  The subject of pre-dispute arbitration agreements, as it pertains to nursing home care, is discussed, as are other facets of nursing home care.  As well, an alleged incident of a resident who was dropped and suffered head trauma is also highlighted.

An excerpt from the October 15, 2015 post:

Thousands of nursing homes across the country have been snapped up by large Wall Street companies. Sixty percent of the market is now occupied by for-profit entities, increasingly private equity groups. One report discovered that in 60 percent of the homes purchased, managers cut the nursing staff to the point where they were providing only one clinical registered nurse for every 20 residents.

Just as they’ve done in other parts of our economy, these giant corporations are using forced arbitration clauses — contract terms that say that people cannot sue them, no matter what laws they break, and instead people harmed by illegal acts can only bring cases before private arbitrators who are generally beholden to the corporations. These clauses make it far harder for the victims of mistreatment to hold a facility accountable where there’s abuse or serious negligence, and they minimize the incentive to provide the highest quality of care.

Additional details can be seen in the Huffington Post article mentioned above.

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Should someone you care for experience Illinois nursing home abuse or neglect or a nursing home accident – or suffer an injury at a similar health care facility such as an assisted living facility, retirement home, skilled nursing facility (SNF) or hospital – please contact the Elman Law Group at (773) 392-8182 to discuss the situation and to see if filing an injury lawsuit is warranted.  This no-obligation legal consultation is free and confidential.   

Elman Law Group’s Lead Attorney, Tony Elman, is a personal injury trial lawyer.  Over the last 20+ years Elman Law Group has handled over 10,000 Illinois personal injury lawsuits.

During this 20+ year period, Elman Law Group has built a reputation for its courtroom trial performance, including getting large verdicts for smaller cases.

To speak directly to Tony Elman, Lead Attorney of the Elman Law Group, call (773) 392-8182 at any time.  This legal consultation is free and confidential.   Elman Law Group works on a “contingency” basis…Elman Law Group’s clients never pay a fee unless and until they receive monetary compensation. 

Elman Law Group, LLC handles Chicago area and other Illinois personal injury lawsuits as well as wrongful death lawsuits.

“Cover Up” Alleged In Death Of Nursing Home Resident

One aspect of nursing home abuse and neglect cases that sometimes arises is efforts to “cover up” or otherwise conceal (via falsifying records) nursing home neglect, abuse, or accidents.  As seen in various “cover ups,” these efforts can involve nursing home staff and/or the owners of the nursing homes, or, if the incident happened at another type of health care facility, the owners of those facilities.

These efforts to “cover up” details regarding harm that has occurred to a nursing home resident is often done to avoid blame and/or legal liability.

A recent alleged nursing home “falsification of records” is detailed in the October 9, 2015 sfgate.com article titled “Nursing home pleads guilty to to attempting to falsify records.”  The underlying incident involves the quality of care received by a nursing home resident (Aurelia Rios) in New York.

Two excerpts:

Newsday reports (http://nwsdy.li/1GzTiE3 ) the Medford Multicare Center for Living entered the plea Thursday in Suffolk County Court in Riverhead to one count of first-degree attempted falsifying business records.

also:

Rios died at the nursing home on Oct. 26, 2012, hours after a respiratory therapist failed to attach her to a ventilator when she went to sleep for the night.

Additional details regarding this instance of falsifying records and the underlying incident can be seen in a variety of media sources, including the articles mentioned above, as well as the October 12 McKnight’s article titled “Nursing home pleads guilty to falsifying records to cover up death.”

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Should someone you care for experience Illinois nursing home abuse or neglect or a nursing home accident – or suffer an injury at a similar health care facility such as an assisted living facility, retirement home, skilled nursing facility (SNF) or hospital – please contact the Elman Law Group at (773) 392-8182 to discuss the situation and to see if filing an injury lawsuit is warranted.  This no-obligation legal consultation is free and confidential.   

Elman Law Group’s Lead Attorney, Tony Elman, is a personal injury trial lawyer.  Over the last 20+ years Elman Law Group has handled over 10,000 Illinois personal injury lawsuits.

During this 20+ year period, Elman Law Group has built a reputation for its courtroom trial performance, including getting large verdicts for smaller cases.

To speak directly to Tony Elman, Lead Attorney of the Elman Law Group, call (773) 392-8182 at any time.  This legal consultation is free and confidential.   Elman Law Group works on a “contingency” basis…Elman Law Group’s clients never pay a fee unless and until they receive monetary compensation. 

Elman Law Group, LLC handles Chicago area and other Illinois personal injury lawsuits as well as wrongful death lawsuits.