Trump officials propose again letting nursing homes force residents, families into arbitration

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Ohio has about 1,000 nursing homes serving about 80,000 people. [AP file photo]

A lawsuit might seem like the obvious way to seek justice if a loved one is hurt, abused or neglected in a nursing home.

But many residents sign away that option on the day they move in — sometimes unknowingly, because the deal is tucked in stacks of admission contract papers.

The pre-dispute agreements waive residents’ right to sue, forcing them and their families to settle issues through a professional arbitrator instead of the court system.