Have you ever seen text similar to “Claims are decided by a neutral arbitrator” while filling in paperwork at a medical facility? If so, that provision will significantly change the way you can sue for damages if something goes wrong.
Mandatory arbitration clauses carry many risks for patients and for their loved ones when patients are injured or die due to medical malpractice and nursing home neglect. Mandatory arbitration may be ripe with bias, expense, ambiguity, and forced secrecy, with little or no recourse for patients and their families when the arbitrator’s decision is wrong.
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