‘The Walking Dead’ Deceased Stuntman’s Mother Hires Sarah Jones’ Family Attorney

Susan Bernecker, the mother of the stuntman who died of a traumatic head injury after a fall gone wrong on the set of The Walking Dead in July, has hired Atlanta attorney Jeffrey R. Harris to explore a lawsuit. He is the lawyer Richard and Elizabeth Jones hired for their wrongful-death lawsuit against CSX and others after their daughter, Sarah, was killed on the set of Midnight Rider.

A employee with the firm confirmed to Deadline that Bernecker had hired them to investigate the situation. Word of the hiring first was reported by the Atlanta-Journal Constitution.

Harris won an $11.2M judgment against CSX for the Jones family.

The death of John Bernecker, 33, was the first stunt-related fatality in the U.S. in more than 17 years. Sources told Deadline’s David Robb that the stuntman and an actor were rehearsing a fight scene that was supposed to end with a routine fall from a balcony, but Bernecker lost his footing and fell 30 feet to a concrete floor, just missing the safety pad  and landing on his head and neck.
He later was pronounced brain-dead at a hospital and taken off life support. His family donated Bernecker’s organs through LifeLink of Georgia, a nonprofit group dedicated to the recovery of organs and tissue for transplantation.

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