The holiday season is upon us.  For many the holiday season includes having family and friends come to visit and venturing out to restaurants and stores to go shopping.  In Syracuse and Central New York the holiday season also means snow and ice.  It is important for business owners and home owners to ensure that their stores and sidewalks are safe for guests.

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The Assumption Food Pantry on Syracuse’s North Side is in dire straits and may not be able to help out the hundreds of families it serves. The pantry needs thousands of dollars so it doesn’t have to close at the end of the year.

The Assumption Food Pantry is located on North Salina Street in Syracuse. Just three years ago, 135 families were registered to receive food each month but has grown to now serve 900 families. If the pantry can’t stay open, all 900 families would be without the help they rely on.

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James E. Reid, Esq., has become a Fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers, one of the premier legal associations in America.

The induction ceremony at which James E. Reid, Esq., became a Fellow took place recently before an audience of approximately 1500 persons during the recent 2013 Annual Meeting of the College in San Francisco, California.

Founded in 1950, the College is composed of the best of the trial bar from the United States and Canada. Fellowship in the College is extended by invitation only and only after careful investigation, to those experienced trial lawyers who have mastered the art of advocacy and whose professional careers have been marked by the highest standards of ethical conduct, professionalism, civility and collegiality. Lawyers must have a minimum of fifteen years trial experience before they can be considered for the Fellowship.

Membership in the College cannot exceed one percent of the total lawyer population of any state or province. There are currently approximately 5,789 members in the United States and Canada, including active Fellows, Emeritus Fellows, Judicial Fellows (those who ascended to the bench after their induction) and Honorary Fellows. The College strives to improve and elevate the standards of trial practice, the administration of justice and the ethics of the trial profession. Qualified lawyers are called to Fellowship in the Collage from all branches of trial practice. They are carefully selected from among those who customarily represent plaintiffs in civil cases and those who customarily represent defendants, those who prosecute accused of crime and those who defend them. The College is thus able to speak with a balanced voice on important issues affecting the legal profession and the administration of justice.

Syracuse lawyer, James E. Reid, Esq., is the senior partner in the firm of Greene & Reid, PLLC, and has been practicing in this city for 34 years. The newly inducted Fellow is an alumnus of Syracuse University College of Law.

In northern Sweden, there’s a small town by the name of Kall. Kall is the Swedish word for “cold.” It is famous for ice driving – where, for a large fee, you can learn to drive high-performance cars flat-out on a frozen lake, and world-class rally-car racers test their vehicles for racing in the cold. Fortunately, all you can do if you spin your car out on the lake in Kall is drive into a snowbank, laughing, and watch the powder fly.

Not so in Central and Northern New York.

We’ve got plenty of snow and cold, all right. But a spin out in a whiteout on an icy overpass on one of our interstate highways won’t leave you laughing. It will most likely leave you seriously injured, and at risk of being struck by another car … or a truck or bus. Driving in winter in Central and Northern New York can lead even the best drivers to catastrophic outcomes.

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All too often, patients in our nursing homes develop pressure ulcers (sometimes referred to as decubitis ulcers or bedsores) which can develop into a severe infection, horrible pain and possibly death. Unfortunately, these pressure sores develop as a result of poor care and neglect on behalf of the nursing home.

The main cause of a pressure sore is exactly what it sounds like. Pressure sores develop primarily as a result of constant pressure being applied to susceptible tissues and bony prominences. The majority of pressure sores occur on the lower part of the body primarily to the sacrum area, coccyx and heels. The severity of the pressure sores range from a stage I, which is similar to a small abrasion with redness, to a stage IV, which is a full thickness tissue loss which progresses all the way to the bone. The stage IV pressure sores carry a higher risk of a localized wound infection and possibly sepsis which can result in death.

In order to help prevent nursing home abuse and reduce the risk of nursing home patients developing preventable pressure sores, the Federal Government passed specific regulations that nursing homes are required to follow. As you may know, patients at nursing homes are often recipients of Medicaid and Medicare benefits. In order for the nursing homes to receive monetary assistance from the Federal and State Government, they must follow the regulations passed by the Federal Government as well as the laws in the State of New York.

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It is incumbent upon all operators of motor vehicles within the State of New York to make sure that their vehicles have the requisite coverage in liability situations. This includes not only bodily injury coverage, but also coverage for property damage. These items are mandatory under the New York Insurance Law. The current minimum for liability coverages are 25/50/25. These are interpreted as $25,000 for one person in an accident; $50,000 for two or more people per accident; and $25,000 in property damage coverage. It must be recognized that these are minimum levels of coverage.

Additionally, under the no-fault scheme there is a requirement for $50,000 of basic no-fault coverage (PIP coverage). There can, however, be a deductible on a no-fault policy. There is also a requirement under a minimum policy for there to be $25,000 of uninsured motorist (UM) coverage.

The law of New York is clear that it is the owner/operator’s responsibility to know the liability limits that have been sold to them by the insurance company.

It is recommended that the owner of a motor vehicle today carry more than the mandatory minimum limits. Appropriate limits are defined by the need for coverage. However, given the price of cars today one can envision that $25,000 in property damage coverage for an at-fault accident is below that which would be paid for property damage to an expensive vehicle.

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Syracuse Car Accident Lawyer Jeffrey Pomeroy

Admitted To Million Dollar Advocates Forum, 2010

Jeffrey G. Pomeroy, Esq. has recently been admitted to membership in the Million Dollar Advocates Forum. The Million Dollar Advocates Forum consists of prestigious trial lawyers in the United States and is limited to attorneys who have won a million dollar verdict or settlement. His admission is based upon a recent settlement in excess of one million dollars involving a complex tractor-trailer/automobile collision.

If you or a loved one has been injured because of someone else’s negligence, call on the New York personal injury lawyers of Greene & Reid. Call us toll free at (800) 886-9665 or simply complete a free online consultation form, and one of our attorneys will contact you to discuss your accident and answer your questions, free of charge. Greene & Reid has successfully advocated for clients in CortlandSyracuse, and Watertown.

Our New York injury lawyers handle cases in the areas of auto accident, birth injuryboating accident, brain injury, construction accident, consumer fraud, drug injuriesdog bitesinsurance disputesmotorcycle accidentnursing home abuseslip and fall accident, and wrongful death.

Pennsylvania Personal Injury Lawyer Jeffrey Pomeroy

Admitted To The State of Pennsylvania Bar, 2010

Jeffrey G. Pomeroy, Esq. has recently been admitted as a member to the State of Pennsylvania Bar.

With Mr. Pomeroy’s admission to the State of Pennsylvania Bar, Greene & Reid is now able to handle cases in the State of Pennsylvania in the areas of our specialty including automobile, motorcycle and tractor trailer collision, slip and fall and wrongful death.

If you or a loved one has been injured because of someone else’s negligence, call on the New York personal injury lawyers of Greene & Reid. Call us toll free at (800) 886-9665 or simply complete a free online consultation form, and one of our attorneys will contact you to discuss your accident and answer your questions, free of charge. Greene & Reid has successfully advocated for clients in CortlandSyracuse, and Watertown.

Our New York injury lawyers handle cases in the areas of auto accident, birth injuryboating accident, brain injury, construction accident, consumer fraud, drug injuriesdog bites,insurance disputesmotorcycle accidentnursing home abuseslip and fall accident, andwrongful death.

Reid Presents Arbitration and Mediation CLE

2007

James E. Reid, Managing Partner, presented a Continuing Legal Education seminar to members of the Onondaga County Bar Association. The presentation was on the topic of Arbitration and Mediation of Personal Injury Cases.

If you or a loved one has been injured because of someone else’s negligence, call on the New York personal injury lawyers of Greene & Reid. Call us toll free at (800) 886-9665 or simply complete a free online consultation form, and one of our attorneys will contact you to discuss your accident and answer your questions, free of charge. Greene & Reid has successfully advocated for clients in CortlandSyracuse, and Watertown.

Our New York injury lawyers handle cases in the areas of auto accident, birth injuryboating accident, brain injury, construction accident, consumer fraud, drug injuriesdog bites,insurance disputesmotorcycle accidentnursing home abuseslip and fall accident, andwrongful death.