Pacer Monitor Discusses Nursing Home Arbitration with Shackelford, Bowen, McKinley & Norton’s Bill Hopkins

Arbitration Binds Heirs of Elderly Harmed in Nursing Homes

Originally, arbitration clauses were not forced or mandatory, said Mr. Hopkins, a partner with Shackelford, Bowen, McKinley & Norton. They were just one of the many pieces of paper in the admissions packet that someone seeking admission in a nursing home was given to consider but with the proliferation of lawsuits and big judgments against nursing homes in recent years, one of the most common sense ways for a nursing home provider to protect itself is to make arbitration mandatory and to remove from the equation the fear of a runaway jury verdict.

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