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