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If tragedy has struck your family, let us first offer our deepest condolences. We’ve worked with too many families that have had to deal with this difficult situation. The grief and anger you’re feeling are completely justified. Nobody deserves to die – especially as a result of someone else’s negligence.

During this difficult time, it is very important for you to reach out to a California wrongful death attorney. Why? You have a limited amount of time to hold the at-fault party(s) accountable. California’s wrongful death claims are very complicated. The insurance company will be looking for a fast solution to minimize their payout and close your file.

Your family deserves more than a low-ball settlement offer from an insurance adjuster more focused on hitting their quarterly bonus than protecting your family’s future.

The wrongful death lawyers at The May Firm is standing by to help you figure out your next steps. We’ll meet with you wherever is most convenient in California. We’ll look at the specifics of your loved one’s accident and help you understand your options.

If we can be of service, we’ll jump in and take the harassing calls from insurance adjusters and lawyers on your behalf. Your family has enough on your plate right now.



Accidental deaths can be extremely traumatic experiences. On top of the grief that accompanies the loss, remaining family will also deal with the lingering question “what if?” What if the accident could’ve been avoided? What if the other party behaved more safely? What if the world was a little safer? These questions add more emotional agony to an already tragic situation. Examples of situations that can culminate in wrongful deaths include:

  • AUTOMOTIVE ACCIDENTS – If an accident was caused by a drunk or distracted driver, or a driver that willfully neglected the rules of the road
  • BICYCLE ACCIDENTS – If a cyclist was struck by a vehicle or put in harm’s way due to the recklessness of another road user, leading to a fatal accident.
  • MEDICAL MALPRACTICE – Things like an incorrect diagnosis, surgical error, or emergency room error could all constitute malpractice.
  • WORK-RELATED ACCIDENTS – If an employee is subject to unsafe working conditions that don’t follow the law or policy.
  • CRIMINAL ACTIVITY – A wrongful death that’s collateral damage from an illegal activity.
  • PRODUCT LIABILITY – Death resulting from a faulty product design.
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California Wrongful Death Insurance Claims


One of the biggest benefits of being legally represented by The May Firm lawyers is our experience dealing with insurance companies in California. The last thing a grieving family member wants to deal with after the tragic death of a loved one is a complicated, high-pressure negotiation with an insurance company. A personal, life-changing loss like that of a family member deserves your full attention.

Let The May Firm go to work for you handling all the logistics of your legal battle. We have a proven track record of earning our clients the wrongful death settlements they deserve. Our success is a result of our meticulous attention to detail and knowledge of California personal injury law. We leave no stone unturned when securing compensation for your family during this difficult time.

“Families need space to grieve and rebuild. Our firm works hard to give you the space you need, without sacrificing the financial compensation you are entitled to under the law.”

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Who can file a wrongful death claim in California?

A wrongful death claim can only be made by a surviving relative of the deceased. The deceased’s spouse, domestic partner or children take precedence, but if circumstances are such that none of these people exist, the claim may be placed by parents or relatives. Relation to the deceased must be proven by legal documents, but the process is fairly straightforward. As previously stated, there is a statute of limitations when making a successful wrongful death claim in California. We don’t want you to make emotionally rash decisions. Instead, let us do the heavy-lifting while you focus on getting your family through this difficult time.

“If you are related to a wrongful death accident victim, you have a legal obligation to file your claim in a timely manner. You don’t have to do this alone.”

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By virtue of their unexpected nature, a wrongful death can be extremely difficult to cope with. Nothing can truly prepare a person for the grief and loss that accompany the loss of a loved one. When the shock and surprise of someone passing too soon are added to the mix, the surviving family members are left in an emotionally vulnerable state. Don’t be afraid to seek grief counseling in those troubled times. Family and friends become a more valuable asset than ever before in helping cope with loss. Healing is possible but it takes time; the process is a little bit different for everyone, so don’t be discouraged.

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frequently asked questions

Here are some of the most common questions we’re asked about wrongful death claims in California.

Wrongful death claims are complex. Insurance companies will try to get out of paying the full value of your claim, if you let them. By hiring a personal injury lawyer to handle your California wrongful death claim, you’ll give your family the best chance at recovering the financial resources you need to rebuild.

Your thinking isn’t clear right now. That’s normal. Let a trusted expert guide you through the process – shifting this important work to someone that is ready to take on this important task while you focus on getting your family through this difficult time.

An experienced personal injury attorney will work tirelessly to maximize the value of your case. Not hiring an attorney can be, and usually is a major mistake.

Many families fail to hire a wrongful death attorney and accept the insurance company’s low-ball offer because they believe that hiring an attorney is expensive. This isn’t true!

Your family can absolutely afford to hire a qualified wrongful death attorney in Fresno. The May Firm works on a contingency basis. This means that we do all the investigating, negotiations and litigating without upfront fees.

Our legal fees are deducted from the compensation we secure for your family. You don’t have to do this on your own. You have a better chance at a better outcome by hiring an expert to represent your family.

The May Firm offers clients a free, no-obligation initial consultation. During our first discussion together, our experienced personal injury attorneys will take the time to ask you questions. We will ask for details regarding the accident that led to your loved one’s untimely passing.

The questions are asked in an effort to determine the viability of your case. If we determine that you have a solid case, we will help you gather police reports, photos, wage loss information, billing statements and medical records, all of which will help us build a solid foundation for your specific case.

A personal injury lawyer should be called whenever you experience an injury due to someone else’s negligence. Common personal injury cases may include: motorcycle accidents, car accidents, truck accidents, bicycle accidents, pedestrian accidents, dog bites, construction accidents, and injuries due to a defective product. It doesn’t matter if your injury is minor or severe, a personal injury attorney can help you manage claims against your insurance company, or the insurance company of the person who is responsible for covering the accident. An attorney will act as your advocate during this difficult time to ensure your rights are protected and fought for.

Our first meeting with potential clients is always a free consultation. There is no obligation to continue working together if the fit is not right. During the free consultation, an attorney at The May Firm will sit down with you and will ask you many questions to find out every detail about your situation. We will ask about how the accident happened. We will determine if you have a strong wrongful death case. If we determine that you have a case, we will go over the next steps with you, including a list of documents you will need to gather for us to use as a starting point in building a strong case for you.

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The May Firm wants to help you through your grieving process by taking care of the legal logistics that accompany an unexpected loss in the family. Our motto is: “Let our family help your family.” We know that coping with the death of a loved one can be an extremely trying ordeal, and our goal is to minimize that burden as much as possible. Leave it to us to contact the other parties involved in the case; we’ll collect witness testimony if available, gather police reports and talk to insurance companies in an effort to maximize your settlement.

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Losing a family member is one of the most difficult things a person has to experience. We can’t help you come to emotional terms with the loss, but we can help you shoulder the legal burdens that are left with their passing. Accidents happen, but when a fatal accident is a result of negligence or unsafe conditions that have been left unaddressed, it might be time to take legal action to hold the responsible parties accountable. Contact us today to get started.