Elderly Victimized by Medical Alert Rip-Offs, According to LawServer.com

Although consumers buy a medical alert system for peace of mind in the event of an emergency, a report by legal Web site LawServer.com shows how the contracts they sign can be a trap.
By: LawServer Online, Inc.
 
 
Medical Alert Contracts Can Trip Up the Elderly
Medical Alert Contracts Can Trip Up the Elderly
 
May 14, 2009 - PRLog -- Many elderly or disabled people who want a medical alert system become victims of aggressive and unfair sales practices and end up locked into high-priced, long-term contracts they later regret, according to a new report from LawServer.com, a free Web site that provides legal information for consumers and small businesses, at http://www.lawserver.com/medical-alerts.

The LawServer report evaluates and compares the pricing, contract requirements and basic features of many major medical alerts systems, such as Phillips Lifeline, LifeStation, Life Alert, ADT, Walgreens Ready Response, and more.  "To avoid rip offs, consumers should be sure they are not paying high up-front fees for a medical alert system and that the contract can be cancelled at any time," the report advises. In one example cited on LawServer, a company whose advertisements feature seniors calling for help because they “can’t get up,” the customer must pay a high up-front fee, commit to a 36-month contract with additional monthly fees, and generally need to give 6 months’ written notice to cancel.

It can be frustrating to shop for a legitimate medical alert system because there is virtually no unbiased comparison information available on them, such as the ratings and reviews offered by Consumer Reports.  Consumers who are interested in acquiring a medical alert system for themselves or their family members can find helpful tips at http://www.lawserver.com/medical-alerts. Articles on this topic, which are written and kept current by LawServer’s experienced attorneys, cover contract issues, deceptive practices, and false alarm fines.

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LawServer is a legal Web site created to help consumers and small businesses find the legal information they need. The free site covers over 200 topics of interest, such as bankruptcy, credit cards, foreclosure, adoption, divorce, estate planning, incorporation and employment laws. Details on each state’s laws are shown on interactive U.S. maps. More information about LawServer and its legal research tools is available at http://www.lawserver.com/.
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