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Wrongful Death Lawyer

When a worker dies due to the negligent or intentional actions of another party, the incident may be classified as a wrongful death.

No amount of money can make up for the loss of a loved one, but a wrongful death attorney can fight for full and fair compensation.

Learn how attorney Gilbert E. Fisher helps families in Fresno and Salinas, CA, with their wrongful death claims...

Additional Causes of Fatal Workplace Injuries

In addition to OSHA's Fatal Four in the construction industry, other causes of fatal on-the-job injuries include:

  • Car and vehicle accidents
  • Exposure to toxic substances
  • Fires and explosions
  • Acts of violence


*According to the Occupational Safety & Health Administration (OSHA)

Wrongful Death Cases

In order to prove wrongful death, workers' compensation attorneys only need to prove that the death occurred in the course of the person's employment. A work injury, exposure to harmful chemicals, or any other way that work could have caused their death could entitle the dependents to workers' compensation. Attorney Gilbert Fisher can help you through this complex process to receive all due benefits.

Workers' Compensation vs. Wrongful Death Claim

Workers' Comp Death Benefits

Death benefits are given to the family members of a person who is killed in a workplace accident. The California Department of Industrial Relations determines the amount awarded, with caps of $250,000 for one dependent, $290,000 for two dependents, and $320,000 for three or more dependents. If you collect death benefits, you will not be able to file a lawsuit against your deceased loved one's employer, even if the employer's negligence contributed to your loved one's death.

Wrongful Death Lawsuit

Surviving family members may file a lawsuit against the deceased loved one's employer. In order to collect compensation in a wrongful death case, it must be proven that the employer's negligence contributed to the fatal accident, and that the surviving family members suffered harm as a result of their loved one's death. It can take months or years to litigate a case, and the outcomes are not guaranteed, but damages and settlements will be greater than amounts received through death benefits.

Statute of Limitations Filing Your Wrongful Death Claim


For workers' comp death benefits, a claim must be filed within one year of the date of a loved one's death. If you want to pursue a wrongful death lawsuit, it must be filed within two years of the date of your loved one's death. In either case, it's imperative to contact our Fresno or Salinas law offices as soon as possible to speak with someone well-versed in wrongful death law.

Schedule a Free Consultation Speak with a Wrongful Death Attorney Who Cares

If you've lost a loved one as a result of another party's negligence, it's crucial that you speak with a wrongful death lawyer about what happened. Mr. Fisher can review the circumstances of your loved one's death and determine if you have a case worth pursuing.

Mr. Fisher has been in practice for more than two decades, and is extremely knowledgeable about work-related injuries. He also understands these cases from the perspective of insurance companies and workers, which provides unique insight into seeking death benefits and filing wrongful death cases.

If you live in the Fresno or Salinas areas and want to learn more about filing a wrongful death claim, we encourage you to contact our law firm online or call our law offices at:

(559) 447-1210

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Legal Settlements


Not all wrongful death cases will proceed to trial. The vast majority of civil lawsuits are settled out of court. This allows surviving family members to receive compensation for their loved one's death without the need for an expensive, lengthy, and public legal battle. The teams at our Fresno and Salinas law offices can help negotiate a fair settlement, and will let you know if it's still worth taking your wrongful death lawsuit all the way to court.

A Client's Testimonial

"I really can't express how great of an attorney Mr. Fisher is. From day one, I felt like they were there for me and fought hard for my case. I called them one day and the next day they were able to get me in. I met with Mr. Fisher on the day of my consultation (free). I was not passed from one person to the other. The staff was super professional and friendly. They were in contact with me throughout my case, reminding me of appointments and important meetings."

"I've heard of horrible experiences of people with other attorneys, and all I can say is that I was truly blessed. Thank you, Mr. Fisher, and his amazing team for all you did for me and my family. Forever grateful!!"
Karen Mavrikis - 5 Star Google Review - 2020

Why Our Law Firm Should Work for You Crucial Help in Wrongful Death Lawsuits

A Lawyer in Practice Since 2000

Mr. Fisher has been in practice for more than 20 years. He's focused on work injury and workers' compensation law since 2014. Mr. Fisher has also worked on the insurance company side of workers' comp claims, giving him unique insight into the field.

We Offer Free Consultations

Many people are hesitant to contact a wrongful death lawyer because of the initial cost. Our law firm offers free consultations, allowing you to speak with a knowledgeable wrongful death attorney about your tragedy without any financial pressure.

We Take Cases on a Contingency Fee Basis

We work on a contingency fee basis, eliminating the financial strain of working with a wrongful death lawyer. This means that our law firm does not get paid until you receive a fair settlement or you are awarded legal damages in a successful wrongful death trial.

A Small Practice That Focuses on You

When you come to our Fresno or Salinas office with your wrongful death claim, you will not be ignored. Our legal team will give you our full attention. This focus and individualized counsel is something that attorneys are unable to provide at larger firms.

Personal Connection to Workplace Cases

Mr. Fisher's father died due to a work-related injury. He understands what families go through. The compassionate legal counsel he provides will guide you through the intricacies of California's wrongful death laws as well as the day-to-day realties of losing someone you love.
Gilbert E. Fisher

Attorney Gilbert Fisher

With nearly two decades of experience as an attorney, Gilbert Fisher is dedicated to giving clients individual attention and high-quality legal services. Our firm works to make legal representation accessible, offering free consultations and late-night/weekend appointments. We represent clients in various types of workplace injury cases including:

You can request a consultation with Mr. Fisher online, or you can call our Fresno, CA, office at (559) 447-1210.

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"In my workers' compensation case, Mr. Fisher grasped the complex situation and provided immediate feedback. His legal assistance was direct and on-point, and allowed for an extremely positive resolution."

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