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Three FRP Lawyers Make 2019 Super Lawyers and Rising Stars List

Posted on Friday, November 15th, 2019 at 2:47 pm    

BIRMINGHAM, AL – Farris, Riley & Pitt, LLP is proud to announce that Ken Riley will be honored as a Super Lawyer for the 11th year this December. The firm wants to congratulate Ken for being selected for inclusion on the Super Lawyers 2019 list alongside Kirby Farris, who is being honored for the eighth time. Calle Mendenhall was also selected as a 2019 Super Lawyers Rising Star for the second time.

The three honorees attribute their success to the team of staff members and are grateful to be recognized on the list. Super Lawyers annually recognizes fewer than five percent of licensed attorneys in the region. The Rising Stars list is limited to two and a half percent of attorneys in the region who meet the criteria.


Calle Mendenhall featured in Birmingham Business Journal’s Rising Stars of Law

Posted on Friday, October 11th, 2019 at 3:46 pm    

Farris, Riley & Pitt, LLP team member Calle Mendenhall is featured in the Birmingham Business Journal’s list of Rising Stars of Law for 2019. Attorneys are featured in this list based on the contributions they make to their firms as well as their potential ability shape the future of the legal industry.

View the full list here.


FRP staff members earn CPR certification

Posted on Thursday, September 12th, 2019 at 12:51 pm    

Farris, Riley & Pitt, LLP staff members were trained in CPR and certified by Stallings Health Services.

learning to do CPR

Birmingham law firm CPR training


Ken Riley quoted in Channel 6 WBRC investigation

Posted on Thursday, September 12th, 2019 at 12:35 pm    

Attorney Ken Riley was quoted in a news story about the pitfalls of timeshares. The story aired in July on WBRC.

To see the news story, click here.


Farris, Riley & Pitt, LLP sponsors RHMCA block party

Posted on Thursday, September 12th, 2019 at 12:19 pm    

Farris, Riley & Pitt, LLP was a sponsor for the block party that followed the Ronald McDonald House’s 2019 Red Shoe Run: Rockin’ 5K. Over 750 people participated in the 5K, which raised $89,000.

rockin' 5k sponsor FRP

For more information click here.


FRP lawyers named in b-Metro Magazine’s Top Women Attorneys 2019 issue

Posted on Wednesday, September 11th, 2019 at 4:56 pm    

Meredith Maitrejean, Jessica Zorn, Calle Mendenhall, and Anastasia Allmon of Farris, Riley & Pitt, LLP were named to B-Metro’s list of Top Women Attorneys. To read the magazine’s issue online, click here.

We are proud of their accomplishments and prepared to continue fighting for our clients.


Birmingham School of Law Next Steps Seminar

Posted on Wednesday, September 11th, 2019 at 4:36 pm    

Each year we host a seminar to advise students on emerging into the legal field after Law School. We invite attorneys from various practices areas to offer practice tips on how to get started and be successful in the Alabama legal community. The seminar is then followed by a networking reception.
kirby farris at next steps seminar


Farris, Riley & Pitt, LLP sponsors Music & Miracles Radiothon benefiting Children’s of Alabama

Posted on Wednesday, September 11th, 2019 at 10:55 am    

Farris, Riley & Pitt, LLP sponsored the Music & Miracles Radiothon along with 103.7 The Q to benefit Children’s of Alabama.

The radiothon took place on August 22nd and 23rd on Magic 96.5 and on the 23rd on 103.7 The Q.

To learn more, click here.


FRP Attorneys Receive Prestigious Awards

Posted on Friday, August 16th, 2019 at 12:42 pm    

Several of the Birmingham personal injury lawyers of Farris, Riley & Pitt, LLP have received awards from b-Metro.

Brett Hollett was named a “Rising Star.” Meredith Maitrejean, Anastasia Allmon, Calle Mendenhall, and Jessica Zorn were each named “Top Women Attorneys.”

Partner Kirby Farris was added to the Hall of Fame.

We are honored to receive these awards and are prepared to continue fighting hard for our clients.





How Nursing Home Understaffing Can Lead to Senior Abuse and Neglect

Posted on Thursday, July 12th, 2018 at 3:25 pm    

There comes a time when most of us need some form of regular medical assistance, whether from friends and family or a senior living facility. For those who need help with activities of daily living (ADLs), a nursing home is often the only option.

Unfortunately, nursing homes also have a reputation for abuse and neglect. Due to understaffing, residents are often abused and neglected by overworked and distracted medical professionals.

Nursing Home Understaffing Statistics

The level of understaffing in nursing homes is astonishing. According to a 2002 New York Times article, the Department of Health and Human Services found that more than 90 percent of nursing homes were insufficiently staffed at the time.1

The situation hasn’t improved much since then. In 2014, the Center for Public Integrity published their findings from a nationwide analysis of nursing home staff. They compared reports of staff numbers on the Medicare.gov Nursing Home Compare website with the costs nursing homes provided to the Medicare program.

The discrepancy between the data sets was enormous. Eighty percent of nursing homes reported more staff on Nursing Home Compare than in their financial documents. In other words, anyone who visited the government website received an overinflated staff estimate when researching their nursing home options.2

Why Nursing Homes Are Understaffed

There are two feasible explanations for nursing home understaffing:

  • Lack of willing nurses in the area
  • Owners deliberately cutting corners to reduce costs and increase profits

Some unsafe nursing homes are truly doing their best to provide for residents but cannot find or retain staff. Since nurses and nursing aides must undergo a significant amount of training, there may be a shortage of qualified professionals in the area.

On top of that, nursing homes are extremely demanding environments. Any one nurse or aide could be responsible for dozens of residents. Many nursing home employees work an overwhelming amount of overtime and end up burning out and quitting, worsening the staff shortage.

However, some nursing home owners have more nefarious motives. They intentionally understaff their facilities to save on skilled labor costs, boosting their own profits at the expense of resident safety and well-being.

Negative Effects of Understaffing Nursing Homes

Residents receive better care when more nurses are on staff. Abuse and neglect are often direct results of understaffing and lead to the following consequences:

  • Falls and injuries
  • Inability to use the restroom in a timely manner
  • Dehydration
  • Malnutrition
  • Inaccurate medication administration
  • Development of bedsores or infections
  • Being berated or forcefully moved by staff
  • Death

Nursing Home Staffing Regulations in Alabama

All nursing homes must abide by state law, and those that accept Medicare and Medicaid funding are also subject to federal regulations. According to the Alabama Department of Public Health (ADPH), nursing homes in the state must have:

  • A registered nurse who is available eight hours every day of the week
  • A full-time director of nursing who must be a registered nurse and can act as the charge nurse in facilities with up to 60 residents
  • “Sufficient staff” for the amount of residents3,4

Surveyors make unannounced visits to each facility to ensure they are complying with the rules. If a nursing home is understaffed, they may be issued a fine or put on the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services’ (CMS) special focus facility list.

Legal Help for Nursing Home and Elder Abuse Victims and Their Families in Alabama

While the staffing shortage in nursing homes is sometimes understandable and not the result of willful negligence, it’s still inexcusable. Many seniors fall victim to abuse and neglect at the hands of their caregivers, which can lead to illness, injury, psychological trauma and even death.

If your loved one has been subject to nursing home abuse or neglect, the injury attorneys at Farris, Riley & Pitt, LLP want to help. We can guide you through the tricky process of settlement negotiation or arbitration and fight for the justice your loved one deserves. Call us at (205) 324-1212 today for your FREE case evaluation.

https://www.nytimes.com/2002/02/18/us/9-of-10-nursing-homes-in-us-lack-adequate-staff-a-government-study-finds.html

https://www.publicintegrity.org/2014/11/12/16246/analysis-shows-widespread-discrepancies-staffing-levels-reported-nursing-homes

http://www.alabamapublichealth.gov/providerstandards/assets/NursingFacilitiesRules.pdf

https://www.justice.gov/sites/default/files/nursing_home_staffing_standards_in_state_statutes_and_regulations.pdf

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