Some former residents of the James Square nursing home will be getting checks in the mail soon now that a judge has approved a $5.5 million settlement of a class action lawsuit against the troubled facility’s owners.
The settlement was approved today in Onondaga County Supreme Court. The lawsuit, filed 3 ½ years ago, claimed that short-staffing at the nursing home harmed residents, some of whom were left lying in their own feces and urine for hours.
“It’s a good measure of justice for the families,” said Jeremiah Frei-Pearson, a lawyer who filed the suit. “Although nothing can compensate some people for the losses they have suffered, I’m hopeful it gives closure to the community.”