READ THE CONTRACT 150 150 Lauren Ellerman

Please… read a nursing home or assisted living facility contract before you, or any member of your family signs it.. WHY is this so important? The contract may state you give away your right to a jury. It might state you can only recover $10,000 in damages should the facility provide poor care to your loved one… It may say you pay for their attorneys fees if they sue you for non payment. You need to know what you are agreeing to, and in many circumstances, you need to NOT agree. Yup, either cross that section out, refuse to sign or in many cases, you may have a few days to revoke portions of the agreement.

Hope for the best, but prepare for the worst – and this includes contracts with long term care facilities.

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Lauren Ellerman

In 2011, Lauren Ellerman was named "Young Lawyer of the Year" by the Roanoke Bar Association for her work in the community. To speak with Lauren about your personal injury case, contact her at

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