Understanding elder abuse and neglect

Aging individuals — especially those who have serious medical conditions — are susceptible to neglect and abuse at the hands of caregivers. Though the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is aware that over 500,000 older adults face abuse or neglect every year, they believe that the crime is seriously unreported.

Family members might suspect that their elderly loved one is experiencing abuse if he or she has visible bodily injuries like wounds, bruises, lacerations and head injuries. Aside from physical injuries, the CDC notes that sexual, financial, and emotional abuse may go undetected, but can and do happen to nursing home residents. Neglect is more difficult to detect, and cases of neglect are often complicated depending on the person’s physical or mental state. Family members who believe that their elderly loved one is being abused or neglected should understand that they have the right to file a legal claim against negligent parties.

The lawyers at Peck Ritchey, LLC understand that many elderly people suffer serious injuries as a result of abuse and neglect. If you think this is happening to your loved one, we may be able to offer you the legal assistance you need to hold malicious caregivers accountable. Call our office at (855) 328-5787 to learn more about your legal options.

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How to Hire an Attorney

When faced with a legal question, many people are unsure about where and how to start. Selecting a lawyer for your needs and becoming acquainted about legal issues can be a daunting task. I often compare selecting an attorney to selecting a physician. You need to do some research, interview them or have an initial consultation, and evaluate if they are a good fit for you and your needs in order to make an informed decision. The stakes are high, both personal and financial.


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Peck Ritchey, LLC, proud to be a sponsor of Judge’s Night 2016

Register for Judge’s Night 2016

Thursday, June 9, 2016
The National Hellenic Museum
333 S. Halsted Street, Chicago, IL
5:30pm – 8:30pm

The last three years were SOLD-OUT!!! And we expect the same this year!

Over 600 Federal Court, Illinois Supreme, Appellate and Circuit Court Judges of Cook, Lake, DuPage, and Will Counties are invited for an evening of fun and networking. This night is a great opportunity to meet the judiciary and mingle with your peers.  It’s a casual evening of “mezethes” (hors d’oeuvres), cocktails, and conversation. With the bouzouki music and the backdrop of the Chicago skyline, the Rooftop Terrace of the National Hellenic Museum will be the place to be on June 9th. Let’s hope the gods will be in our favor on that night and grant us good weather. Calamos Hall in the museum has also been reserved in case of inclement weather or we exceed the rooftop capacity.  So don’t get left out! Register TODAY!

Kerry Peck and Peter Coorlas, of Peck Ritchey, LLC, are proud to be Bronze Sponsors of Judge’s Night 2016.

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