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Tampa Personal Injury Blogs from June, 2013

Tampa Nursing Home Lawyer - Information Concerning Arbitration Agreements


With the overwhelming number of abuse, neglect and elopement cases involving nursing home residents, nursing homes have attempted to limit civil causes of action by requiring residents to execute arbitration agreements as part of their resident admissions contract. Our Tampa Nursing Home Lawyers continue to litigate cases that involve elopement, abuse and neglect sustained in while residing in a nursing home and/or assisted living facility. Our lawyers are familiar with the administrative codes and Florida laws that govern nursing homes and assisted living facilities. We are dedicated to representing loved ones that have sustained harm as a result of abuse or neglect as a nursing home resident.

Whether you are touring a nursing home or admitting a loved one into a nursing home, please carefully review the admissions contract and pay particular attention to any paragraphs or sections that address arbitration or future legal action. Arbitration agreements attempt to limit or prevent your access to the civil courts by requiring you to resolve your claim through arbitration. Arbitration agreements also attempt to limit your available damages by placing caps on your recovery should you proceed in filing a lawsuit against the facility. In most facilities, the arbitration clause is optional and you are not required to agree to arbitration in the future. Additionally, the nursing home should not be allowed to deny you access to the facility because of your option to not elect arbitration. However, each facility has its own guidelines and rules and, therefore, you should consult with an attorney prior to executing an admissions contract.

Our attorneys have litigated numerous nursing home abuse cases throughout Florida, including Hernando County, Hillsborough County, Pasco County, Pinellas County, Manatee County, Polk County, Orange County and Sarasota County. Should you have any questions regarding Tampa nursing home abuse and/or Florida nursing home residents' rights, please contact us, your Tampa Personal Injury Attorneys.

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