Nursing Home Residents’ Rights To Jury Trial Under Attack

Date: September 3, 2014

Nursing Home Residents' Rights To Jury Trial Under Attack
A recent article highlights the role that big business plays in the administration of justice. Recent news has come to the surface that National HealthCare Corp., a corporation that manages several nursing homes, has been donating a large sum of money to a group whose goal is to oust three Supreme Court justices in Tennessee.

One of the goals of donating this money would be to lift the restriction previous stated by these justices on binding arbitration in the corporation’s nursing homes. This binding arbitration would require the patient of the nursing facility to sign a contract that would prevent them from suing from an injustice brought upon them while in the facility’s care. This could risk a loved one to injury and/or abuse while the nursing home would not be accountable for their actions.

A comment in the article from Ed Yarbrough, who served as the US Attorney for former President George W. Bush says that “I think it’s opening the door to the possiblity of people buying courts,”.

With this in mind, it’s important to be aware of the possible motives that a nursing home could have. The attention and care of your loved one should be of the most importance.. Make sure that not only is the nursing home’s care adequate for your loved one but protecting them from any policies that could restrict their rights.

Sean McDonough is a partner at Dougherty, Leventhal and Price who specializes in personal injury cases with an emphasis in nursing home abuse. If you or a loved one wants justice for any hardships cause by a nursing home, don’t wait any longer. Call DLP Law and make an appointment with Attorney Sean McDonough today.

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Sean McDonough
Upon graduation from law school, he entered the private practice of law with Dougherty, Leventhal & Price. He has been a partner with the firm since 1993. Over the years, Sean has concentrated his practice in the areas of personal injury litigation; he has also represented governmental entities and officials in federal civil rights and employment lawsuits. Sean also works on many of DLP's Nursing Home Abuse cases.