How Our Sister Firm Gave Elderly Victims a Voice

In 2017 families in Upstate New York shared real-life horror stories about their loved ones’ experiences at Syracuse’s James Square Health and Rehabilitation Centre. One woman described the deplorable conditions her husband was left in, and the considerable effect that had on her day-to-day life. “She’d find him drenched in his own urine at 9 a.m. every day, she said. She would often stay as long as she could, till 9 p.m., to help her husband….” Syracuse.com

Less than one year after Syracuse.com published that article, lawyers from our sister firm,  Finkelstein, Blankinship, Frei-Pearson & Garber, have successfully held James Square administration accountable.

“It has been a long time coming for former James Square resident and their families. ‘It’s a nice relief to know someone cares,’ Tom Reitano said. A judge is now giving the go ahead for a class action lawsuit to move forward. For Tom Reitano, this is about justice for his parents, both suffered during their time at James Square. ‘The staff that was there tried like crazy, but how do you do it when you don’t have enough people to cover,’ Reitano said.

Reitano would try visiting every day, all the time concerned about his parents’ well being. Now, the class action lawsuit takes aim at holding the prior owners accountable. Jeremiah Frei-Pearson represents the residents in the suit. ‘I think it’s a really important day for them and for their families for them to get justice, and through this class action for their voices to be heard,’ Frei-Pearson, said.” –CNY Central

We are extremely proud of the hard work and dedication of our team. To read the full CNY Central article click here.

For more information about our Nursing Home Abuse and Neglect Group click here. 

Dear friends and clients,

In furtherance of our firms culture of commitment to always act with compassion, concern and commitment to our clients, community and colleagues, we have been taking precautions to ensure that we are still fulfilling our ethical and moral obligations while prioritizing health, wellness and safety of all we can. 

As you know, the COVID-19 pandemic has introduced changes to many lives and businesses in our communities, and around the world. We, much like our neighbors and friends, have been taking precautions to ensure that we are still fulfilling our ethical and moral obligation to our clients, while also prioritizing the health, wellness and safety of our employees.

Until further notice, our offices will be closed to the public to encourage social distancing and to help prevent the spread of COVID-19. Our team is still hard at work, many from home, and you may still call, email, live chat or video conference us if you or a loved one is seeking legal assistance. As the first law firm to offer our clients secure online access to their case file more than a decade ago, we have always been believers in using technology to make life easier and information more accessible. In these present times it has been a smooth transition for us to continue to offer our clients the same seamless and thorough service that you deserve and are accustomed to.

This pandemic is unlike anything any of us have faced in our lifetimes, and while we can continue to emotionally support one another through it all, staying home and keeping your distance is vital to the health and wellness of our communities. It does not feel good to break routines, cancel events and retreat from our normal, day-to-day socializing, but let us remember that, in times of strife, prior generations were asked to go to war and we are simply being asked to stay home. Your isolation equals more lives saved, and more time for medical providers to prepare for the treatment of patients battling COVID-19.

When the dust settles, we will join together with a greater appreciation for our lives, local businesses, loved ones and health. Until then, we will continue to offer guidance from a safe distance.

Very truly yours,

Andrew G. Finkelstein and the staff of Jacoby & Meyers, LLP