Arbitration clauses are boilerplate in the contracts required by many nursing homes prior to accepting a new resident. On the surface, these may seem reasonable – even preferable to legal action – but in practice, they can prevent families from seeking justice following the injury or death of a loved one resulting from nursing home abuse.
Arbitration hearings are private, helping to shield nursing homes against public exposure. They are also conducted by a non-government arbitrator who is often retained by the nursing home to handle all of its cases. Studies have shown that arbitrators in these cases almost always side with the nursing home, leaving families with no further recourse.
Seattle nursing home attorney Stephen Hornbuckle strongly encourages families of potential care facility residents to bring contracts in for review. This can help ensure you fully understand what you are signing and that you are not inadvertently giving up your right to seek justice following injury caused by negligence or abuse. If you are currently facing arbitration, Attorney Hornbuckle would be happy to meet with you free of charge to discuss your case, your options, and the best way to help protect your family’s best interests.
To schedule your free consultation, please contact the Hornbuckle Firm today. We represent victims of nursing home abuse in Seattle, Tacoma, and surrounding areas of Washington.
Bellevue, Washington 98007
Phone: (425) 679-0742