You wouldn't think you need a lawyer just to get admitted to a nursing home or long-term specialized hospital. But many times these institutions add a waiver of your legal rights to sue to the stack of documents they hand you in the admissions office. You may given a large stack of what appears to be ordinary admission papers: Consent for Admission and Treatment, Patient's Rights and Responsibilities, Anatomical Gift by Living Donor, Advance Directives, Notice of Privacy Rights, Designation of Individuals Authorized to Receive Patient Health Information, An Important Message from Medicare, Valuables Statement, Alternative Dispute Resolution. Oops, what's that? It might be called an Alternative Dispute Resolution Agreement or an Arbitration Agreement. By and large they're lengthy, difficult to understand, small print, and the average person isn't to read and understand what they are signing. What they are signing, however, is a waiver of all legal rights to sue in a court of law for any claims of medical malpractice that any doctor or nurse may commit upon the patient during their stay.