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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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    • Kurtis Badger
      Kurtis Badger

      Kurtis graduated from the University of Virginia School of Law – a top-ten law school – in 2019. Following graduation, Kurtis began practice in corporate litigation and defense at a top-20 law firm worldwide. Kurtis gained experience in sophisticated, complex, multimillion-dollar litigation, and successfully defended international corporations against many single-plaintiff claims. With a desire to be “on the right side of the table,” Kurtis joined Scott Pryor Law in August 2021, and has been helping injured plaintiffs obtain justice ever since.

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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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If you have lost a family member due to the negligence of another person or company, you may have the right to file a wrongful death suit on their behalf. While no amount of money can return your loved one, a civil lawsuit can help prevent this from happening to another family. Discussing your legal options with a Columbus personal injury attorney may give you the insight you need into a wrongful death claim.

In some cases, death can leave that person’s family in a difficult situation. Anyone dependent on the decedent’s salary could quickly find themselves in a financial hole. With the assistance of a Columbus wrongful death lawyer, your family may be able to recover the compensation they need to survive.

Wrongful Death in Georgia

Under Georgia law, a “wrongful death” is a death due to a negligent, reckless, criminal, or intentional act. Proving negligence in a Columbus wrongful death case is similar to that in a car crash lawsuit. A plaintiff must show the defendant owed a duty to the plaintiff, the defendant breached that duty, and that breach damaged the plaintiff.

Unlike a car crash lawsuit, the decedent cannot bring a lawsuit in their own name. The person with the right to bring a wrongful death suit can vary under Georgia law. The guidance of an experienced Columbus wrongful death attorney might help in identifying the appropriate party to file suit.

Standing to File a Wrongful Death Suit

The person with the standing to file a wrongful death lawsuit in Georgia varies depending on the circumstances. However, state law applies a formula used to identify the party with standing to file suit. The right to file suit necessarily follows a hierarchy. The right travels down the list of potential family members until it reaches someone with the ability to file a lawsuit.

A surviving spouse always has the strongest claim to file a Georgia wrongful death suit. If the couple had minor children, the surviving spouse retains the right to file suit but must represent each minor child during the proceedings. The right to file goes to surviving children if the decedent has no spouse.

Next on the list are the parents of the deceased person. The surviving parents may only file if there are no surviving spouses or children. If the parents are not alive, the personal representative of the deceased’s estate may bring the claim.

Statute of Limitations

Every type of lawsuit in Georgia has a statute of limitations. This statute sets a time limit on the filing of a lawsuit. If a lawsuit is not filed before the time limit expires, the court can dismiss a claim. In other words, missing this deadline could cost you the opportunity to recover compensation from the person responsible for the death of your loved one.

According to Georgia law, the statute of limitations on a wrongful death case is two years from the date of death. Most of the time, the ability to file a lawsuit is lost once two years elapse. However, it is worth noting there are limited exceptions that can extend the 2-year window. For example, the statute of limitations may be tolled temporarily if the decedent’s estate has not been through probate or if there is a pending criminal case related to the same cause of death.

Call a Columbus Wrongful Death Attorney As Soon As Possible

A Columbus wrongful death lawyer might be able to help you recover monetary compensation for the death of your loved one. While this money can never replace a member of your family, the process could prevent a similar result from happening to someone else in the future. When you are ready, reach out to an attorney to learn more about how a wrongful death claim works.

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