Arbitration agreements can be useful to finding quicker resolutions to some disputes. However, over the years the process has morphed from a tool that parties honestly agree to use into a one-sided attempt to limit rights of consumers. Now these clauses are showing up in the healthcare area. The Florida Supreme Court recently reviewed an arbitration clause contained in a financial agreement signed by a patient prior to surgery. The Supreme Court determined that the arbitration clause was against Florida law and ordered the trial court to set a date for trial.
Because arbitration agreements may limit one’s ability to seek full recovery following Florida medical malpractice, it is important to understand what you are actually signing if you agree to an arbitration clause in a document. Read More