In the Courts: Decedent’s Agreement to Arbitrate Extends to Wrongful-Death Claims, Federal Court Rules

May 18, 2018 | Aging Services Risk Management


Facing a wrongful-death lawsuit in state court, the owners and operators of a nursing home asked a federal court to compel arbitration per an arbitration agreement signed by the resident's daughter, the resident's personal representative. The U.S. District Court for the District of Massachusetts granted the owners' and operators' motion to compel arbitration.

After the resident died at the nursing home, the resident's daughter sued the owners and operators in state court for wrongful death. The owners and operators initiated an...

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