Fresno Personal Injury Attorney

Fresno Personal Injury Attorney

 
  • 25 + Years of Experience

    When you hire us, you’re adding unmatched experience to your team, ensuring you get the best possible outcome.

  • 99% Win Rate

    Our firm maintains an impressive 99% win rate, even while accepting difficult cases other law firms have turned away.

  • No Upfront Fees

    We are not afraid of trial, and insurance companies know this. If it’s in your best interest, we are always trial ready.

Suffering from a personal injury is devastating, regardless of the circumstances. The unfortunate reality is that many of these injuries often go far beyond the physical effects. They can impact your entire life. Fortunately, a Fresno personal injury attorney at The May Firm understands the emotional roller coaster that you may be on, and are here to help you on your road to recovery.

If you’ve been injured in a car accident, bicycle accident slip and fall or have lost a loved one in a wrongful death due to the negligence of another, rest assured that you have came to the right place. It is our primary goal to ensure that you are able to make sense of your current circumstances, along with helping you secure the best possible outcome for your future.

Our Fresno injury attorneys have the best resources in the area, and our attorneys are dedicated in the pursuit of justice. If you’ve been involved in an accident, contact an award-winning Fresno personal injury attorney at The May Firm today to schedule your free consultation.

We’ll Get You The Compensation You Deserve

The May Firm’s award-winning team of Fresno injury attorneys will help you move through the process of understanding your case, exploring the best options and getting the compensation that you deserve. California’s personal injury laws are very specific and can be quite complicated.

The personal injury attorneys at The May Firm will help you understand the various individual laws related to your injury, including the relevant statute of limitations and the applicable recoverable damage limits. Our Fresno injury attorneys will also investigate the person or company at fault to find out what amount of insurance coverage is available.

Why So Many Accidents Happen In Fresno

Fresno is a thriving metropolis, and it is listed as the largest inland city in California. There are two major interstates and a variety of smaller highways that connect the city to Fresno County and the San Joaquin Valley. With more than 520,000 residents, it is no wonder that these roadways and the downtown area often become highly congested.

Sadly, this leads to dangerous conditions on our roadways. A top-rated Fresno personal injury attorney at The May Firm have extensive experience working with motorists and pedestrians who have been injured on roadways by a car, truck or motorcycle.

Community Involvement

At The May Firm we strive to be involved and connected to our local community. For example, this past holiday season we organized bicycle and christmas tree giveaways for individuals in our community. Our goal is to be a positive force for good in the local community and give back in some small measure to those we can serve. We receive satisfaction and joy from serving our clients and will continue to look for ways to be of assistance to the community as a whole. We receive positive energy from the community when we are involved.

We have listed a few of the local organizations we support and look forward to growing our outreach in the future. If you have any suggestions for ways we can be of service or support, please reach out to us.

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Where Compassion Meets Experience

We take pride in working hard for each of our valued clients and will help you recover from your injuries and losses, including lost wages, mental anguish, future earning potential, disability or continued health care needs and lost or damaged property.

Our Fresno injury lawyers stay well-informed and up-to-date on all applicable legal changes, so you can be confident that you will always receive relevant, current legal advice.

If you have suffered a personal injury or are a victim of an accident that is not your at fault for, contact our award winning Fresno attorneys 24/7 to schedule your free case consultation. You can also call our Fresno office at 1-(559)-385-2090. Let us be your personal injury and accident advocate.

“My number one goal is to help others. When you step foot into our firm, you’ll be treated like family, period.”
Robert May, Attorney | Founder

Award-Winning Fresno Injury Attorneys

Our lawyers have a proven history of providing consistent, successful results, which has led to them receiving numerous industry awards. We have recovered millions of dollars in settlements and verdicts for our clients. Our compassionate, dedicated legal representation is focused solely on the well-being of each client, not their pocketbook. We work on a contingency fee basis, so you will not owe any money unless we win your case. Our founding attorneys, Robert May and Garrett May, firmly believe that clients are the most important part of any case, and The May Firm has been built around this principle.

Get Help With Your Personal Injury Case

If you have any questions about personal injury laws or have been injured in an accident, contact The May Firm today to schedule your free, no-obligation consultation. Our staff and lawyers will answer your questions and provide you with the necessary information you will need to move forward if you have a viable personal injury case. Our Fresno office is conveniently located north of the downtown area on N. Palm Avenue and can easily be accessed by clients throughout Fresno County and the San Joaquin Valley.

Fresno Personal Injury FAQs

Choosing a personal injury attorney in Fresno could be a daunting task, especially when you are worried about recovering from an accident or trying to take care of a deceased loved one’s estate. When you search for personal injury attorneys in Fresno, you’ll find many—but which one do you pick?

The first question you have to answer is: “What type of personal injury case do I have?” Not all personal injury attorneys have experience with every type of case. Always choose an attorney with firsthand experience in the type of case you have.

We at The May Firm have represented our Fresno neighbor in these types of common personal injury cases, and more:

  • Car accidents
  • Truck accidents
  • Ridesharing accidents
  • Motorcycle accidents
  • Traumatic brain injuries
  • Spinal cord injuries
  • Slip and fall injuries
  • Bicycle accidents
  • Pedestrian accidents
  • Dog bites
  • Wrongful death

Contact a personal injury attorney at The May Firm for a free consultation to discuss your situation and learn more about your rights.

If you can move without causing additional injuries, call first responders, then check on the others involved in the accident. Let the first responders know how many people are involved, including passengers, pedestrians, and bicyclists.

Procure the contact, license, registration, and insurance information from anyone in the accident. You should also speak with witnesses to get their contact information and ask them what they saw.

Take pictures of the accident. Make sure you get clear photos from all angles. Ask the police officer for an accident report or how to get a copy if the officer does not have carbon copies.

If the accident is a slip and fall, dog bite, or other non-vehicle-related accident, you still need the insurance and contact information for the establishment where the accident took place. Photos of the scene are also helpful. For example, if you slipped on a broken container of juice on the floor in the supermarket, the evidence is gone once employees clean it up. Photos will show that there was, in fact, something that caused you to slip and fall.

Always seek medical attention after an accident. Some injuries might not show up until hours or even a day or two later. Let the medical professionals know that you were in an accident and the type of accident you were in.

If you are contacted by an insurance company, only give the representative your name; the date, time, and location of the accident; and your personal injury attorney’s contact information.

Finally, contact a personal injury attorney in Fresno as soon as possible.

You don’t. When you retain a personal injury attorney, the consultation is free. We also take cases on a contingency fee basis: this means we only collect our fees as a portion of any compensation we successfully secure for you, whether through settlement or court award. You’ll pay for nothing out of your own pocket.

When you schedule a free consultation, we will review the facts of your case. This is not a decision you need to make on your own; a Fresno personal injury associate can help you understand all of your options.

You should retain a personal attorney for your personal injury case. In most cases, you may be dealing with a large business or one or more insurance companies. Because insurance companies are in business to make a profit, they will try to find a reason to deny your claim or to offer you a settlement that might not cover all of your medical expenses.

When you retain an attorney, insurance companies are less likely to try that game: They know there is a higher chance of you taking your case before the court if they do not offer a fair and reasonable settlement.

You might have a case even if you believe your injuries are minor. Because of your body’s adrenaline response, you might not feel pain until hours or even a day or two later. Always have medical professionals check you out thoroughly and to speak with a personal injury attorney as soon as possible after an accident.

An insurance company will not pay out on a claim until you agree to a settlement. In the meantime, you can use sick time, vacation time, and any other comp time you built up to make up for lost wages. You might receive disability benefits from your employer. Your attorney can help you understand how to best navigate missed work due to an injury.

As with lost wages, a defendant’s insurance will not pay the bills until it accepts liability or comes to a settlement agreement. Your personal injury protection might pay some of the medical bills if you were in a vehicle accident. Your health insurance will cover many of the bills. If the accident was at work, you could use worker’s compensation benefits. Keep in mind that any of these insurers may want you to reimburse them once you settle.

In some cases, doctors and hospitals will put off collecting and reporting to the credit reporting agencies if you can show them that you are working with an attorney toward a settlement or trial award.

You must file most California personal injury lawsuits within two years of the accident. If you were in an accident but did not discover the injury immediately, you have just one year from the time you discover the injury to file a lawsuit.

While two years seems like a long time, it’s actually quite short when you are focusing on recovery from a serious injury. Beyond that, pursuing a personal injury claim also takes time: Your attorney needs time to review your medical records and the police report, launch an investigation into the accident, if needed, and time to attempt to settle with the insurance company or any insurance companies involved. The discovery process could also take a significant amount of time, especially if you need to hire expert witnesses for an accident investigation or medical purposes.

 

In short, almost nothing. Give the insurance adjuster your name; the date, time, and location of the accident, and your attorney’s contact information. Because insurance companies are in business to make money, they will try to twist your words in an attempt to place the blame for the accident on you. If they can show the accident was your fault, they have grounds to deny your claim or offer you a low settlement amount that might not even cover your medical bills.

The value of your case depends on several factors, including the type of injuries you suffered, if your injuries caused or will cause long-term disabilities, whether you can work again, and if so, if you can work in the same field making the same amount of money.

Your case value also depends on how long-term injuries affect you and your family, whether you need physical, cognitive, and/or psychological therapy, and whether the court orders a defendant to pay exemplary damages. Calculating damages can be complex, and where a Fresno personal injury attorney can be a valuable ally.

California allows you to collect three types of damages: Economic damages, non-economic damages, and punitive (exemplary) damages. Economic damages and non-economic damages are compensatory damages. The court orders these types of damages in an attempt to make you whole again.

Economic damages. Special damages, or economic damages, are those that have a monetary value attached to them.

They might include:

  • Past medical expenses for those you incurred because of the accident and up to the time of the settlement or a trial award.
  • Future medical expenses for those you incurred because of the accident and will incur after the settlement or trial award.
  • Past lost wages for the time you could not work after the accident up until you receive a settlement or a trial award.
  • Future lost wages for the time you will not work after the settlement or trial award. Future lost wages could include partial lost wages if you cannot work in your previous job and have to take something that pays less.
  • Therapy expenses for physical, cognitive, and/or psychological therapy.
  • Replacement or repair of personal property destroyed or damaged in the accident.
  • Medical aids, including a wheelchair, walker, or other aids.
  • Upgrades to your vehicle for hand driving controls, and to your home for ramps, wider doors, and grip bars.
  • Funeral, burial, and/or cremation expenses.

Non-economic damages. General damages, or non-economic damages, do not have a specific price attached to them.

They include:

  • Pain and suffering.
  • Emotional distress.
  • Loss of enjoyment of life.
  • Loss of companionship.
  • Loss of consortium.
  • Loss of use of a body function, such as your eyesight.
  • Loss of use of a body part, such as a hand or foot.
  • Amputation.
  • Disfigurement.
  • Inconvenience.
  • Excessive scarring and/or disfigurement.

Punitive damages. The court orders punitive damages as a punishment for the defendant instead of as a way to make you whole again. While punitive damages are usually difficult to obtain, a court may order them if the defendant’s actions that caused your injuries or the death of a loved one were determined grossly negligent or intentional.

The initial consultation is as much to learn more about your rights as it is to learn about the attorney you might retain.

You should ask an attorney questions such as:

  • How many cases like mine have you settled?
  • How many cases like mine have you won in court?
  • What is the average settlement amount or trial award you’ve gotten for a case like mine?
  • What methods do you prefer for communication?
  • What percentage of your cases are from peer referrals?
  • What kind of cases do you get most frequently?
  • How long has the firm been handling personal injury cases?
  • Which attorney will be working on my case, and how long has that attorney been handling personal injury cases like mine?
  • How many cases went through litigation right through the trial phase?
  • How many times have you fought for punitive damages?
  • What legal organizations are you a member of, if any?
  • Are you or are any of the other attorneys in the office board certified? In what areas?

Contact The May Firm’s Fresno Personal Injury Attorneys for a Free Consultation

Personal injury law is often a difficult area of law, especially for accidents that involve more than one defendant or insurance company. Even a case that seems simple on the surface can prove difficult once the facts of the claim come to light.

In an auto accident case, for example, in addition to your attorney, your insurance company will have an attorney, the other driver might have an attorney, and the other driver’s insurance company will have an attorney. If more than one driver was involved, you have two more attorneys involved. And, if the other driver was driving a commercial vehicle, such as a big truck, you might have several insurance companies involved, depending on the circumstances of the accident—and each one will have its own attorney.

Contact The May Firm for a free consultation at (559) 385-2090 if you suffered an injury due to the negligence of another party. One of our dedicated Fresno personal injury lawyers can help you understand your options and develop the best plan for success.

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The May Firm Bi-Annual Scholarship Fund

At The May Firm, we understand the importance of an education and just how difficult it can be to finance college these days. Robert May, our founding attorney here at The May Firm, was the first in his family to attend college! He’s incredibly appreciative of the opportunity he had to attend Cal Poly San Luis Obispo for his undergraduate degree, then moving on to law school. As we all know, the cost of obtaining a higher education keeps rising, which can often times put students in a tough situation, both mentally and financially.

Our goal is to provide students with assistance in obtaining a higher education, and taking some of the financial burden off of hard working students.

We’re offering a bi-annual scholarship in the amount of $1,000, which will be provided to a student enrolled at either a community college or University. The scholarship will be offered and announced bi-annually on (September 30th and January 31st). The scholarships deadline for each applicant to apply will be September 15th and January 15th of each year.

The 300 word minimum essay should respond to the question: What Would Really Make Drivers Stop Texting While Driving (TWD)? Attached to your essay, please include a copy of your resume including current GPA as well as what University or community college you are attending.

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