Report Illustratues How Civil Justice System is Protecting the Elderly

A new report released last week by the American Association for Justice (AAJ) illustrates how the civil justice system is the most effective force in uncovering abuses by corporate nursing homes and insurance companies that target the elderly.

The report explains how litigation has revealed neglect and abuse and allowed nursing home residents and their families to hold offending corporations accountable. The report also highlights how long-term care and other insurance companies have financially taken advantage of the elderly by denying claims and cutting off benefits. 

Current litigation has often revealed incidences of abuse and neglect, but many of the offenses never see the light of day due to nursing homes arbitration clauses in the fine print of admission contracts. Residents and their families often sign admission contracts while under considerable stress and anxiety without realizing they are being stripped of their rights. Recently, congress introduced legislation to ban such arbitration clauses from nursing home and other consumer contracts.

The report, titled "Standing up For Seniors: How the Civil Justice System Protects Elderly Americans," can be found at For more, read the story.

Robert W. Carter, Jr. is a Virginia attorney whose law practice is dedicated to protecting the rights of the victims of nursing home and assisted living neglect and abuse in Richmond, Roanoke, Norfolk, Lynchburg, Danville, Charlottesville, and across Virginia.

No comments (Add your own)

Add a New Comment


Comment Guidelines: No HTML is allowed. Off-topic or inappropriate comments will be edited or deleted. Thanks.