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      Scott Pryor

      Attorney at Law - 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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    • James MacLelland
      James MacLelland

      COO - James has 25 years of experience building productive teams, scalable processes, and profitable businesses.  Immediately prior to joining The Scott Pryor Law Group, as COO of a national law firm, James built and operated one of the largest legal intake teams in the country. Guiding a team of 70 individuals running 24/7 and 365 days a year they successfully marketed, retained, and onboarded over 200 new clients to the firm daily, achieving a pace and capacity of over 50,000 new clients annually. 

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    • Philip Lorenz
      Philip Lorenz

      Attorney at Law - Philip W. (“Phil”) Lorenz is a seasoned trial attorney, Phil has tried, mediated, or facilitated settlement of tens of millions of dollars in claims and lawsuits over the course of his career.

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    • Paul Dietrick
      Paul Dietrick

      Attorney at Law - Paul A. Dietrick has practiced civil trial law for over forty years, in State and Federal Courts, and Georgia Appellate Courts. Paul is a zealous guardian of the rights of those injured by the negligence and carelessness of others. Paul’s clients have recovered millions of dollars in settlements and verdicts.

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    • Jocelyn Galloway
      Jocelyn Galloway

      Attorney at Law - Jocelyn Galloway is an attorney with over a decade of experience and a legal process innovator who has dedicated her career to protecting the rights of plaintiffs against large corporations.

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    • Angie Hemmings
      Angie Hemmings

      Client Experience Manager - Angie joined The Scott Pryor Law Group and quickly 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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      Rhonda Anzaldua

      Marketing Manager - Rhonda brings over 20 years of customer service and hospitality experience to the marketing and intake team. She is passionate about providing our clients with an outstanding experience from the very first day, and prides herself in her ability to be straightforward and honest but also able to empathize and offer comfort in the difficult conversations.

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      Steve Ware

      Senior Case Manager

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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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