New rule imposed for elderly abuse in nursing homes

The U.S. Department of Justice reports that over five million Americans are victims of some form of elder abuse yearly. As a preventative measure, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services issued a new rule on September 28th which banned the use of arbitration, as opposed to court mediation, in settling nursing home disputes.

Common signs of elderly abuse include withdrawal from regular activities, sudden drop in finances, presence of bruises or contusions, missed medicine intake, weight loss, and troubled relationships with caregivers. Other forms of abuse from nursing home staff include sexual and physical assault, administering of unnecessary drugs, dehydration, and even death.

Chicago elder neglect lawyers at Peck Ritchey, LLC are committed to protecting the rights of the elders in our communities. If you suspect a loved one may be the victim of elder abuse, contact an attorney to set up a consultation today by calling (855) 328-5787.