John Dalli, a partner in the law firm Dalli & Marino LLP and a board member of the New York State Trial Lawyers Association, recently joined 100 other attorneys in Albany for the group’s annual Lobby Day.
Each participating attorney discussed an assigned topic with 3-4 legislators at the New York State Capitol. Dalli highlighted the dangers of forced arbitration clauses in admissions agreements that families often must sign before a patient is admitted to a nursing home. Instead of suing a facility for damages in court, you are agreeing that an arbitrator from an outside private arbitration company will decide the facts in your case.
“Forced arbitration clauses allow these facilities to avoid a lawsuit for damages if a resident is injured or harmed under their care,” says Dalli. “This effectively eliminates nursing home residents’ rights to have a jury of their peers hear their case.”
Dalli’s participation in Lobby Day is part of Dalli & Marino’s ongoing efforts to educate families about this restrictive practice in nursing home facilities.
Above, Dalli (4th from the left) is pictured that day with Assemblywoman Michaelle C. Solages who serves the 22nd Assembly District in the New York State Legislature, which includes Elmont, North Valley Stream, Valley Stream, South Valley Stream, South Floral Park, Floral Park, the Village of Bellerose, Bellerose Terrace, North Woodmere, Stewart Manor, and sections of Franklin Square.
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