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Jimmy Max Causey car wreck

Posted on Thursday, February 27th, 2020 at 10:11 am    

Jimmy Max Causey car wreck

Jimmy Max Causey, 67, of Morgan, Georgia, died in a wreck involving a wrong-way driver on Interstate 65 in Birmingham, Alabama.  The crash happened on the morning of Sunday, February 23, 2020, involving Causey’s car and a southbound pickup truck headed the wrong way on I-65 near University Boulevard.  Causey died at the scene.  Three other people were injured in the crash and taken to the hospital.

What’s next for Causey’s family and others that were injured?
Farris, Riley & Pitt’s Marketing Director, Chelsie King interviews Attorney Ken Riley.

CHELSIE KING: Ken, our hearts go out to this gentleman’s family. More often than we would like, our law firm sees fatal auto accidents like this. How does the family know if they need to hire an attorney or not?

KEN RILEY: You are right, we have represented many clients who lost a loved one in an auto or truck wreck and it is always a life shattering event for the family. Not all victims of an auto or truck accident need to hire an attorney; however, in this situation, I would recommend that this family be well represented. Wrongful death cases are unique in Alabama in that any financial recovery passes outside of an estate and to family members by statute. Also, the measure of damage in Alabama is punitive in nature – in other words, the family is not compensated for the loss of life, but rather receives a punitive damages award to prevent and deter future similar conduct and punish the wrongdoer. In this case, we have a driver that was driving down the wrong side of the road. Had that person been drinking? Is there another party that could be held responsible? Those are questions that an experienced attorney will investigate.

Also, what if the person who caused this tragedy is uninsured or underinsured? What then? That is where the value of an experienced attorney will come into play. A good attorney will identify ALL sources of insurance available to the family. In these situations, if the family takes a quick settlement from the liability insurance company, they very well may close a technical door that may have allowed additional recovery.

CHELSIE KING: The family needs to find an experienced personal injury attorney. How do you recommend they find the best attorney for their loved one?

KEN RILEY: I suggest that when hiring an attorney, look for someone who is respected by insurance companies. They must be respected for trying cases if the insurance company is unwilling to be fair. It may be in our clients’ best interest to settle their case, but when insurance companies are not offering what our client is entitled to, we will take their case to trial.

CHELSIE KING: So, should someone who is looking for an attorney find that information on their website?

KEN RILEY: Yes, some of that information will be mentioned on their website on testimonial pages or case result pages, but you can also call the law firm and ask about their recent verdicts. That information is public knowledge.

CHELSIE KING: The accident happened on I-65 near University Boulevard. I drive that stretch of road daily and it can be very congested with drivers crossing four lanes trying to exit the interstate. Even without the truck headed the wrong way, it is a dangerous curve of the interstate. Have you represented other clients with accidents in that area?

KEN RILEY: Off the top of my head, I know we have been hired by four to five clients in the past few months with different accidents at the University Boulevard Exit or the 3rd Avenue North exit. As you said, it is a congested area with traffic merging or exiting across four lanes of traffic. Distracted driving plays a major role in these wrecks. There was also some recent road work that was completed, which may contribute to the confusion in the area. All of these things need to be considered.


The Teen and Young Adult Vaping Epidemic

Posted on Monday, February 3rd, 2020 at 11:14 am    

Written by Attorney Calle Mendenhall

In early 2019, news outlets began reporting on serious illnesses and deaths attributed to e-cigarette devices. Since then, several dozen deaths and hundreds of illnesses have come to light, and new multi-district litigation has emerged in the Northern District of California to handle injury claims as well as claims related to the marketing practices of the largest e-cigarette manufacturer, JUUL. But how did this epidemic even begin with all of the knowledge companies, consumers, and regulators have on tobacco?

The JUUL e-cigarettes and flavor pods came on the market in 2015. It is alleged that JUUL’s founding members accessed thousands of Big Tobacco industry documents from earlier litigations that were made public in 1997. The documents contained aggressive marketing tactics detailing how to promote their products; two said tactics involve seducing new smokers by using candy-like flavors, such as mango, cucumber, fruit medley, and crème brûlée, and getting numerous social media influencers and celebrities to promote the products. The makers of JUUL also marketed its product as a “safer choice” to a regular cigarette. These e-cigarettes, however, are anything but safe.

JUUL’s pre-filled cartridges contain a higher concentration of nicotine per pod than a pack of cigarettes. It is estimated that one JUUL cartridge or pod can deliver as much nicotine as 30-40 cigarettes. Once addicted to that level of nicotine concentration, young adults struggle to quit smoking. Sustained usage of e-cigarettes is beginning to show the following documented health risks: nicotine poisoning, seizures, strokes, heart attacks, heart problems, lung/respiratory problems, mental health/behavioral problems, and can even lead to death.

This alarming growth in addiction and injury in our young adults at the hands of corporations is inexcusable and must be addressed. We are optimistic that those affected by these products will be successful in Juul litigation and will put an end to the sale and distribution of these e-cigarettes.


Calle Mendenhall on the benefits of yoga for practicing lawyers

Posted on Monday, February 3rd, 2020 at 11:04 am    

Farris, Riley & Pitt, LLP attorney Calle Mendenhall has written an article for the Alabama State Bar discussing why yoga is a great way for practicing lawyers to reduce stress and anxiety while providing a chance for an introspective workout.

To read the article, titled “Why Yoga Is a Perfect Practice for Practicing Lawyers,” click here.

Calle is a member of the Health & Wellness Committee for the state bar.


Jessica Zorn outlines ways to increase your patience

Posted on Monday, February 3rd, 2020 at 10:56 am    

Farris, Riley & Pitt, LLP attorney Jessica Zorn has written an article on LivingSafer.com entitled “Striving for More Patience? Consider These Steps to Get There.” where she offers tips on how anyone can go about exercising more patience in their day to day life.

Click here to read the full article.


Meredith Maitrejean shares tips for exercising caution in online dating

Posted on Monday, February 3rd, 2020 at 10:44 am    

Farris, Riley & Pitt, LLP lawyer Meredith Maitrejean has written an article for LivingSafer.com entitled “Online Dating? Tips to Exercise Caution in Your Search for Love,” where she shares specific tips you can use to stay safe when meeting someone on a dating app.

Click here to read the full article.


Anastasia Allmon discusses how friendship changes in your thirties

Posted on Monday, February 3rd, 2020 at 10:35 am    

Farris, Riley & Pitt, LLP attorney Anastasia Allmon recently wrote an article for LivingSafer.com titled “Quality Over Quantity Why Friendships Look Different in Your Thirties.” The piece discusses why the transition into being 30 years old causes changes in the types of friendships people work to maintain.

Click here to read the full article.


Ken Riley Quoted On Unagi Scooters Blog

Posted on Friday, January 3rd, 2020 at 9:02 am    

Attorney Ken Riley was quoted on an article by Unagi Scooters titled “The Comprehensive Guide to Electric Scooter Laws.”

According to Ken Riley, Partner at Farris, Riley & Pitt, Alabama’s newly enacted electric scooter laws more clearly distinguish a scooter from a motor vehicle, which as of May 30, 2019 had not been contemplated when the laws were originally enacted. Now, municipalities are free to develop ordinances that will cater to the nuances of each community. While some cities struggle with the existence of scooter traffic, others embrace the freedoms and conveniences the concept provides. Hopefully, cities like Birmingham – who are not seeing the benefits of electric scooters – will take note from the experiences of other cities with a track record of scooter usage and work to blend together a working local law that promises freedom and safety for users and the public. The scooter world is not without controversy and it will take careful thought to create the framework of a system that can be a template that other cities can imitate.

Click here to read the full article.


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.

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