Q: If my grandma signed an arbitration agreement with her nursing home but didn't understand it due to dementia, could that
be nullified so we can sue over nursing home abuse?
A: It depends on the degree of her dementia. In the early stages some people are still capable of understanding a contract. Please discuss this with a nursing home litigator. You might find one by doing an internet search or using the Find a Lawyer function on the website of the National Academy of Elder Lawyers. www.naela.org
A: It depends on the details. If the date of the agreement was on or after 11/28/16 and the nursing home participates in Medicaid then CMS prevents them from using arbitration agreements. If the details don't fit into that window, then it would depend on the facts surrounding execution of the agreement.
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