California Wrongful Death Lawyers

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If a loved one in your family is recently deceased as a result of an accident which you feel could’ve been avoided, contact the California wrongful death lawyers at The May Firm to see if you have a case regarding wrongful death. Financial compensation is no remedy for the grief that is experienced with the death of a loved one, but it can help ease the worldly burdens of their passing.

Though you may be mourning a loss, there are certain financial expectations that can be placed on you on behalf of your deceased relative. Funeral obligations, outstanding debts, and lingering medical costs can add up quickly, and they’re left to you to be dealt with. These financial concerns merely add insult to injury if you think the death could’ve been avoided.

We understand the difficulties you’re going through in the wake of a loved one’s passing; coming to terms with such a difficult reality takes time. As friends, we encourage you to take the time to get the help you need to make it through this tough moment in your life. As legal counsel, we strongly advise pursuing legal action as soon as you’re able.

Though you still may be grieving, there is a legal statute of limitations regarding filing lawsuits for accidental deaths. Let a California wrongful death attorney at The May Firm be your ally by minimizing your financial hardships through this time of loss.

With our top-rated California wrongful death attorney on your side, we’ll pursue financial reimbursement for medical bills, outstanding benefits or wages owed to the deceased, and funeral expenses. We want to minimize your real-world obligations and help provide closure so you can focus on healing. Contact us now for a free no obligation case review.

Have questions? Call our award winning California wrongful death attorneys with over a 99% success rate at 1(866) 622-6491 anytime, we’re here to help.

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Wrongful Deaths

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 establishment didn’t allow for such negligent behavior? Such questions add more emotional agony to an already tragic situation. Examples of situations that can culminate in a 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.


One of the biggest benefits of legal representation by The May Firm lawyers is our experience with handling insurance companies. The last thing a grieving family member wants to deal with after the tragic death of a loved one is a complicated legal entanglement. 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 case history of of earning our clients the settlements they deserve. Our success is a result of our meticulous attention to detail and knowledge of the law, and we’ll be sure to go the extra step to hold insurance companies accountable in paying out an appropriate settlement amount to cover your financial woes in this time of loss.

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Claiming Wrongful Death

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 proved by legal documents, but the process is fairly straightforward. As previously stated, there is a statute of limitations when making the claim for wrongful death, so while we don’t want you to make emotionally rash decisions, addressing the issue as soon as you’re able is advised.

Handling Loss

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

The attorneys at May Firm answer questions clients frequently ask about motor vehicle accidents and wrongful death claims in California.

When you are injured in an accident that was not caused by your fault, the most important thing you can do is take care of yourself. It can be very difficult, if not nearly impossible, to navigate through the accident claim process on your own. Insurance companies often attempt to settle cases as quickly as possible to avoid paying further medical fees for innocent victims like you. By hiring a personal injury lawyer, you can focus on getting back on your feet and you can trust that your legal battle is being fought by knowledgeable attorneys. As you heal from your physical and emotional injuries, an attorney will fight the insurance companies and the person who is at fault for the accident to get you the compensation you deserve. The personal injury attorneys at The May Firm have extensive knowledge on a variety of personal injury cases, as well as how the law applies to each individual case. You will not be taken advantage of by an insurance company with the guidance and support of an attorney. The May Firm will be a powerful advocate working for you.

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. Unintentional legal mistakes occur during the first call or visit with the claims adjuster. Insurance adjusters are trained to ask certain questions that could pose problems for your case later. They are also trained to offer a small settlement amount right up front. Unfortunately, some people agree to the small up-front settlement and regret it later when they have on-going medical issues.

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 personal injury, in addition to information about the injuries you suffered due to the accident. 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 the accident. An attorney will act as your advocate during this difficult time to ensure your rights are protected and fought for. The personal injury attorneys at The May Firm can also assist you in recovering damages for your time spent out of work due to your injury.

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, what injuries you suffered as a result of the accident, and what your life is like as you recover and heal from your physical injuries. We will also determine if you have a 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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When injuries occur due to someone else’s negligence we answer the call. Your family’s been through enough. We have serious experience in a variety of accident cases.

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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 to “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 collate witness testimony if available, gather police reports, and talk to insurance companies in an effort to maximize your settlement. An unexpected death can feel like a punishment on its own. Don’t let the unfortunate financial woes that come with it increase your burden.

When creating your settlement, we factor in grief and loss, funeral expenses, and outstanding work benefits, to name a few. We’ll hold insurance companies accountable for paying out the appropriate amount that is owed to relatives of the deceased. We’ll perform these services for you at no out-of-pocket cost. We believe in what we do and in our ability to help you. When it comes to a wrongful death, we’re invested in making things right: Our fees are factored in to your settlement, so we only receive compensation when you do.

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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