Client Testimonial – Car Accident Personal Injury Lawsuit
My daughter and I were in a wreck in Tuscaloosa near the U of A. The other vehicle turned across in front of us which totaled our car, broke my neck, broke my daughters back and gave us both concussions. My daughter’s concussion has resulted in lifelong seizures. My daughter has other medical issues that made surgery on her back not an option. She also has a speech impediment. Here was the big issue.
We spoke with several attorneys. Right off they picked up the speech thing, listened about her other medical conditions and assumed that her injuries from this wreck were not as catastrophic as if to a “normal person”. No one was concerned at how drastically this changed her life…UNTIL we spoke with Nate Vandeveer and Kirby Farris of Farris, Riley & Pitts.
There was a security video of the accident, but in a quick review, it wasn’t real clear who had what light..flat green, green arrow and it could have been a matter of opinion by the person watching. However, Mr. Vandeveer meticulously took the video shot by shot to show reflections of the traffic lights as they actually were. He left no stone unturned in showing that we had a clear, flat green light and that the other party did not have a green arrow or any other traffic signal that allowed her to proceed as she did, directly into our path. Kirby Farris addressed the medical issues of my daughter with a sincere compassion that annihilated the opposing Attorney’s demeaning remarks. I am trying to make this short but they were so thorough, so professional, so compassionate..they just knocked it over the wall and out of the park. A hundred things I could tell you, the most important is: THEY ARE THE BEST OF THE BEST, and then some!! They are our CHAMPIONS!!
Client Testimonial- Birmingham, Alabama Car Accident
Here is my story. I hope you find it helpful in comforting or helping another client understand the legal process.
I was driving to one of my stores in North Alabama (in a company car) and out of nowhere was T-boned by another vehicle. The truck that hit me failed to yield to my right-of-way and said that he was waved through the intersection by an 18 wheeler. My car was hit on the driver’s side door and spun around until I was in another lane and facing the opposite direction. The driver came to my window yelling that it wasn’t his fault. I called 911, was cut out of my car, and was taken to Helen Keller Hospital, where I was seen by the ER doctor and transported to the UAB Trauma Unit. I had multiple tests, therapy sessions, and 5 surgeries over a year and a half or so to repair the soft tissue damage to my arm. During my first stay at the hospital I was contacted multiple times by an investigator–the driver that hit me was in a company vehicle and his company wanted me to make a statement about the accident. I was advised by a nurse that was checking my stats a couple of times when the investigator called to hire an attorney, and having never done so (and only living in Alabama for 3 months) I was anxious about what to do. I was given Ken Riley‘s name, contacted him, and felt very relieved for having done so. The phone calls from the investigator stopped after I directed him to contact my attorney, and I felt very safe and protected, as I was nervous about how to respond and how to protect myself. Ken worked patiently and supportively, always genuinely concerned about what I had been through and how I was healing, and guided me through dealing with Worker’s Comp, depositions, and the mediations with both the driver that hit me and the truck that waved him through. I still have open medical, which is important, as I am still under medical care for nerve damage treatment. The most important part of the entire thing was knowing that I had someone in my corner, fighting for what was right, and allowing me to focus on getting well.
Farris, Riley & Pitt | A 20 Year Reflection
As I sit at my desk looking out my window on the 17th floor of The Financial Center and take in the beautiful views of Birmingham’s skyline, Lynn Park and Sloss Furnace in the distance; I reflect on my 20 years with Farris, Riley & Pitt. It has been an incredible journey to see our firm grow from where we began to where we are now.
I remember being at dinner one night with Kirby Farris, his wife and my husband, Barry. It was a typical Friday night that we had done many times. Kirby and my husband were college roommates and best friends. Kirby had just passed the Bar and announced that he had decided to “hang out his shingle” and see if he could start his own law practice. Barry and I had recently moved back to our hometown of Birmingham and I was a stay at home mom. My youngest son; however, was about to start four-year kindergarten. When Kirby said he would need help at his new firm, I jumped at the chance. Problem was, there was no money to pay me. I said, “No problem. I’m sure this will just be for a few weeks until you get on your feet and find someone with experience.” After all, what the heck did I know about working in a law office?
That first day was a blur. We had a tiny office in the Massey Building with hand-me-down furniture, an old phone system we inherited from the previous renter and $1,500 in the bank. I remember duck taping a leg of my desk together to keep it from falling on me. Kirby was fortunate enough to have some cases when we started the firm so he walked in the office on our first day ready to work. He was headed out the door to handle a meeting and handed me a file and said, “Ok Lisa, I’ll be back soon but in the meantime I need you to read over this file and find the doctor we need to depose and then set the deposition.” I, of course said, “No problem! Just one question, what is a deposition?”. And so it began…..
Those first few years I did it all – from receptionist to medical records to legal assistant to paralegal to accounting to my eventual title of Firm Administrator. This has allowed me to understand every process of a case that flows through our firm. I’ve seen the good, the bad and the ugly. I’ve seen clients, attorneys and co-workers come and go. I’ve seen incredible results for our clients. I’ve made lasting friendships and wonderful memories. I’ve grieved with parents that have lost their children and I watched as we laid to rest our Partner, Redding Pitt – one of those most distinguished men I’ve ever met. I’ve seen the amazing growth of our little firm from that tiny, run-down office to our beautiful offices atop the Financial Center overlooking our fair city.
The one thing that has remained steadfast over the last 20 years has been our firm’s commitment to delivering justice to our clients. That was our focus from day one and has remained our focus every single day since then. I have found that if you have a mission and a passion for that mission and you never waiver from what you are trying to accomplish, your journey will not only be rewarding but what you put into that journey will come back to you in so many ways.
I was sitting at breakfast a few mornings ago having coffee and watching the news when our firm’s commercial aired on a local channel. It was so surreal watching and listening to the promises that Ken Riley was making. Words that I knew he meant and promises I knew he would work tirelessly to fulfill. Working in an environment with that kind of integrity as a member of a team who has the same commitment to the end result is truly rewarding. That morning I sat and watched the end of our commercial as each member of Farris, Riley & Pitt faded into the shot. I thought back 20 years ago and how far we have come. And while our firm has grown; technology has improved; laws have changed and lives have been touched – the one thing that has not changed is the satisfaction I have had every single day for 20 years in knowing that something I did that day may have helped someone in need and changed a life. And for that, I will be forever grateful.