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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.
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/
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