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California Wrongful Death Attorneys

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.

At the May Firm, our wrongful death attorneys are waiting to fight for you. We know you deserve fair compensation – even if no amount of money can replace your loved one. To our lawyers, every client is a treasured family member. We will support you and help you get justice for your family.

Contact us today to schedule a free, no-obligation meeting. We’ll discuss if you have a claim and explain the next steps.

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“If I ever need a lawyer again I’m calling the May Firm. I was rear ended and had a ton of bills. They told me what my rights were and that they would take care of me. All I had to do was get to physical therapy. They did everything and I ended up with a very nice settlement and a new car. Thank you!!!! You exceeded my expectations!!!”


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“A friendly and professional firm. Always answered questions quickly. Highly recommended to anyone who needs a personal injury lawyer. Extremely satisfied with the outcome.”

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“The staff was friendly and very helpful throughout my entire case. Sienna stood out with her great customer service and help. I would recommend The May Firm to anyone looking for a personal injury attorney.”

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What Is a Wrongful Death?

A wrongful death is when a person dies due to another person’s negligent or reckless actions. It’s a type of civil claim, or personal injury lawsuit. Examples of wrongful deaths include:

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Who Can Hire a Wrongful Death Lawyer in California?

The victim’s surviving relatives can make a wrongful death claim. Typically, this will be the victim’s spouse, domestic partner, or child. However, if these individuals don’t exist, parents or other relatives can claim.

Eligible parties can sue for compensation including medical bills, funeral expenses, and lost income.

Our wrongful death lawyers can explain how the legal process works. We will help you file the paperwork required to make a claim.

Proving Wrongful Death in California

To prove wrongful death, you must show that:

  • The victim is deceased; 
  • Another party owed the victim a duty of care; 
  • The other party broke this duty of care; and 
  • Their negligence caused the victim’s death.

Take a cycling accident, for example. If a careless driver crashes into a cyclist, and the victim dies from their injuries, this could be a wrongful death claim. In such cases, our California bicycle wrongful death lawyers can assist.

California Wrongful Death Statute of Limitations

There are time limits for making wrongful death claims under California law. You normally have two years from the victim’s death to make a compensation claim. This time limit may vary, though, depending on the case and the age of the parties involved.

Don’t lose your opportunity to recover damages. Contact our California wrongful death lawyers now.

California Wrongful Death Insurance Claims

Insurance companies are challenging to deal with. They are experienced negotiators with significant resources behind them. They also have knowledgeable attorneys on their side.

That’s why you need your own wrongful death attorney standing by your side. The May Firm knows how to handle insurance negotiations and how to anticipate their position. We’ll do everything possible to keep matters moving forward towards settlement.

Let The May Firm go to work for you handling all the logistics of your legal battle. Our wrongful death lawyers in Southern California are waiting to help today.

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.


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.

“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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How a Wrongful Death Lawyer in CA Can Help 

Wrongful death claims are both stressful and complex. At this time, you deserve to focus on healing – not legal matters. Whether you need a bicycle or nursing home wrongful death lawyer in California, here’s how we can help. 

  • From the moment you contact us, you’ll be treated with compassion and respect. 
  • We will answer any questions you have so you can feel reassured and supported.  
  • Our team will provide a clear explanation of your legal rights so you can make informed decisions. 
  • We gather evidence and build a case for you. You can focus on moving forward.  
  • Our experienced wrongful death lawyers can explain if an offer is fair. You can approach settlement with confidence. 

Call or Chat to Schedule a Free, No-Obligation Wrongful Death Consultation in California

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 to maximize your settlement.

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.

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Frequently Asked Questions About Wrongful Death Claims

If you’re dealing with a wrongful death in the family, chances are you have many questions.
Here are the answers to questions we often receive as CA wrongful death lawyers.

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 ready to take it on 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 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: 

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, a wrongful death attorney evaluates your claim. You tell us what happened and we’ll consider whether there’s evidence to proceed.

We will determine if you have a strong wrongful death case.

If we agree you have a case, we’ll discuss the next steps. This includes listing the documents you’ll need to provide us with so we can start building your case.

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