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      Scott Pryor

      Scott is a member of the State Bar of Georgia and is listed in the top 1% of trial attorneys in the nation by the Litigator Awards. He is also a member of Super Lawyers, National Trial Lawyers, the Georgia Trial Lawyers Association—Champion Level and sits on the Communications Committee of GTLA, and the Multi-Million Dollar Advocates Forum.

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    • JJ Timmons
      JJ Timmons

      J. J. Timmons graduated from Mercer Law School in 2000. He spent many years thereafter doing insurance defense work in general liability and workers’ compensation for several insurance companies and a major automobile manufacturer. He eventually realized that he was working on the wrong side and has been representing plaintiffs and injured workers for the last seven years.

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    • Zahra Jacobs
      Zahra Jacobs

      Zahra has a background in Project Management and Change Management with 18 years of experience in financial services. Throughout her career Zahra has implemented large scale transformation initiatives of processes and applications keeping people at the forefront. Zahra is very driven and solutions oriented and cares about people. She is also bilingual. In her free time, she enjoys reading, cooking, and spending time with her husband, beautiful daughter, and their many pets (2 dogs, and 3 cats).

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    • Angie Hemmings
      Angie Hemmings

      Angie Hemmings joined Scott Pryor Law just last year, and has already made her mark on the Firm. Her previous employment on staff at a local church prepared Angie for her current role in client relations and marketing. Meeting prospective clients, checking in regularly with current clients, and staying in touch with former clients are what Angie is passionate about. She wants you to know that you and your family are important to her.

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    • Gilbert Abad
      Gilbert Abad

      Mr. Abad is an expert with over eighteen years of experience in the legal field, holds numerous degrees, and is bilingual. Over his career, Mr. Abad had the pleasure of training attorneys, paralegals, legal assistants, and office staff on legal issues and procedures. He has also taught Introduction to Law and Legal Research and Writing as an adjunct professor at Gwinnett College. He has served in the U.S. Army, and has served with the United Nations in Macedonia as a U.N. Peacekeeper.

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    • Kianna Lanier
      Kianna Lanier

      Having recently graduated from the University of Georgia with a B.A. in Political Science, Kianna Lanier has long term goals to pursue a career as an attorney. She first recognized her interest in law through her studies in journalism which allowed her to build proficient writing skills. From there she was able to secure multiple internships where she acquired immense knowledge in legal research.

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    • Amanda Wood
      Amanda Wood

      Amanda is a great recent addition to the Scott Pryor Law team, and is making a difference daily with her great organizational skills and tenacity.  A transplant to Georgia, she moved to Gwinnett county about six years ago with her husband, two children, and two dogs. When not at work, she enjoys reading, crafting, spending time with her family, and spoiling her new grandbaby.

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Following a death caused by another person, state law allows what is known as a wrongful death claim. These claims are a form of a civil lawsuit that lets the surviving family to seek compensation from the person responsible for their loved one’s death.

A wrongful death claim differs from a criminal investigation. Instead of jail, these claims seek monetary compensation from the at-fault party. Cases are filed by dedicated personal injury attorneys in civil court, as opposed to county prosecutors.

If you believe you are entitled to compensation due to the death of your loved one, it is vital that you seek legal representation. These cases are complex, but an Athens wrongful death lawyer might be able to simplify the legal process and help your family move forward.

When is a Death Wrongful?

Wrongful death is defined by Georgia Code Section 51-4-1 as any loss of life resulting from another person’s:

  • Negligence
  • Recklessness
  • Intentional act
  • Criminal act

Wrongful death claims are not limited to criminal acts, and it is possible to pursue a case even if the fatal act was unintentional. An Athens attorney could advise a person’s surviving relatives if they have a viable wrongful death claim based on these factors.

Wrongful death claims are similar to other personal injury actions, and the compensation available in these cases is generally the same as other negligence lawsuits. The important difference is that the decedent is no longer alive to bring a lawsuit themselves. Instead, the surviving family pursues the claim on the decedent’s behalf.

A wrongful death in Athens can result from many different situations. Any death stemming from a criminal act qualifies, whether it was an intentional killing or a death that resulted from a crime. Other common causes include car accidents, premises liability accidents, and injuries at work.

Filing a Wrongful Death Lawsuit

Not every member of a decedent’s family has the right to file a wrongful death claim. Georgia law limits the right to bring a lawsuit to specific members of the decedent’s immediate family. An Athens resident could consult an attorney to determine their right to file a wrongful death claim.

The right to pursue a case initially rests with the surviving spouse of the deceased person. If the couple had minor children at the time of death, the surviving spouse must also represent the children’s interests in the claim. Surviving children may bring a claim if there is no surviving spouse.

If there are no surviving spouses or children, the right to bring a wrongful death claim shifts to the surviving parents of the decedent. Ultimately, a personal representative of the estate could bring a claim if no other qualify family members are willing or able to. Proceeds in these cases would go to the decedent’s heirs.

Let an Athens Wrongful Death Attorney Help

Dealing with the pain and grief of an unexpected death can be challenging for anyone. You deserve to focus on these issues instead of struggling with complex legal problems. By hiring an attorney to handle your claim, you can put your focus on your family and leave the litigation issues to a professional.

The first step in moving forward with your case is selecting legal counsel. To get started, call an Athens wrongful death lawyer as soon as possible.

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