Washington Court of Appeals Holds That Wrongful Death Claims Are Not Subject to Arbitration Agreement

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A Washington Court of Appeals ruled that the wrongful death claims brought by the heirs of a nursing home resident were not subject to binding arbitration. In a significant set-back to advocates of negotiated arbitration between long term care providers and their residents, the Court held that an arbitration agreement between a resident and a long term care facility is not binding on wrongful death beneficiaries unless the beneficiaries also sign the agreement.

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