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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.

Why Fresno Trusts Our Law Firm 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 offices in Fresno and Salinas, CA, offer 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, which 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. We don't want to add any financial strain while you work with our wrongful death lawyer. 

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 realities of losing someone you love.

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:

Helping Fresno and Salinas Achieve Justice In Workplace Wrongful Death Cases

If you've lost a loved one in an on-the-job injury, attorney Gilbert Fisher can help. With law offices in Fresno and Salinas, CA, Mr. Fisher and his legal staff can help you seek restitution for your loved one's wrongful death.

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.

The Statute of Limitations Filing Your Wrongful Death Claim


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

Book a Free Consultation and Review of Your Case 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 claims.

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

"Mr. Fisher is an outstanding attorney." A Trusted Wrongful Death Lawyer Serving Fresno and Salinas


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Definitely a very professional and honest Law Office that treats you well and with respect. The staff is always complete with whatever task they are involved with and place you first. Great job Team Fisher

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Mr. Fisher is an outstanding attorney. He helped close my case within less than a couple of months of retaining him. I’m truly impressed with his office and I highly recommend retaining him. You will not regret your decision.

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It Is Critical to Speak With an Attorney To Gain Additional Insight Into the Causes of Death

An individual's death does not have to be 100% caused by factors at their workplace for their family to receive benefits. Mr. Fisher can explore if your loved one's death was in any way related to their work environment and recommend an appropriate course of action.

Below is a hypothetical example that illustrates this possibility. 

Contributing Factors at the Workplace

An individual who smokes cigarettes passes away due to lung cancer. Their family initially believes that their smoking habit was the sole cause of death. A loved one who knows that the deceased worked in a factory with a toxic environment reaches out to Mr. Fisher.

In a scenario like this, Mr. Fisher can prove that the inhalation of dangerous chemicals at the factory contributed to the worker's lung cancer and subsequent passing. By doing so, the family can collect workplace death benefits due to their loved one's prolonged toxic chemical exposure.

Legal Settlements In Wrongful Death Cases


Not all wrongful death cases will proceed to trial. The ones that do not are considered civil cases. 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.

Unintentional Injury Deaths Are Tragically Common

In 2021, there were 224,935 deaths due to unintentional injury in America.

Unintentional injury deaths worsened in 2021, rising by nearly 24,000 from 2020 to 2021 according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Unintentional injury is ranked as the fourth most common cause of death in the United States.

The category of unintentional injury includes car accidents and falls, both of which can occur at work. Mr. Fisher is a wrongful death lawyer who understands how to determine responsibility for your injury and build a strong case. 

Using Faulty Equipment Can Be Fatal: Holding Designers and Manufacturers Accountable

Identifying the cause of your loved one's death is crucial when pursuing a wrongful death lawsuit. Mr. Fisher has a proven record in proving the causes of employee deaths.

One key avenue he can explore is whether or not faulty equipment or a defective product was involved.

Farmingfactory work, and heavy industry all involve the use of complex machinery. Defective equipment may make the manufacturer liable for your loved one's passing. This is the case if there was negligence or misconduct in the design, manufacturing, or marketing of the equipment that was used during the fatal incident.

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. Thank you, Mr. Fisher, and his amazing team for all you did for me and my family. Forever grateful!!" Karen M. - 5 Star Google Review

Who Can File a Wrongful Death Claim in California?

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Only certain people may file a wrongful death claim in California:

  • The surviving spouse or domestic partner
  • The surviving children
  • The surviving grandchildren

If there are no surviving people in the deceased person's line of descent, anyone who would be entitled to property can file a wrongful death lawsuit, like parents, siblings, or anyone who was financially dependent on the deceased party.

Our lawyer serving the residents of Fresno, Salinas, and beyond can help you determine if you are eligible to seek compensation after your loved one's death in a workplace accident.

​Understanding Wrongful Death
and Personal Injury Lawsuits

Though wrongful death lawsuits fall under the category of personal injury, they refer specifically to accidents that caused fatal injuries. If your loved one survived a workplace accident, you may still be able to receive compensation through a personal injury lawsuit.

In catastrophic but non-fatal accidents, a personal injury lawsuit can be brought against anyone who is responsible for an injury. In these legal claims, a personal injury lawyer must establish that:

  1. A person or party's negligence led to the workplace injury
  2. The workplace injury resulted in the loss of earnings

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Heat Stroke Is a Workplace Risk in Central California

Fresno is the largest city in California's Central Valley. The Central Valley produces 25% of America's food. With more than 250 crops grown here, our workers play a key role in feeding the nation. Our agricultural laborers reward others with their hard work while facing personal risk from our state's extreme heat. 

Heat stroke caused by working in unsafe conditions can be grounds for a wrongful death lawsuit. Hundreds of American workers have passed away from environmental heat exposure over the past decade. California has suffered from more of these heat-related workplace deaths than almost any other state. 

California's Heat Protection

Unlike most states, California has created its own standard for heat safety at work. This standard was implemented after a pregnant 17-year-old worker passed away due to heat exposure while pruning grapes. It was later expanded after the United Farm Workers sued California's version of OSHA.

California employers are required to prepare their employees for extreme heat threats, and meet thresholds of water, shade, first-aid, and more. Additionally, companies must prepare for extreme heat on days that will be over 95 degrees Fahrenheit. Attorney Fisher can determine if a failure to protect employees from heat stroke caused a wrongful death and fight for compensation from the responsible party.

We Will Come to You Attorney Gilbert Fisher Can Meet You at Your Home

The loss of a loved is devastating. Some people feel that pursuing a wrongful death lawsuit would only add more stress to their situation. However, not seeking the compensation you deserve allows the negligent party to get away with causing your loved one's death, and denies you and your family the money you deserve to help rebuild your lives. 

Attorney Gilbert E. Fisher is compassionate throughout all handling of wrongful death claims. One of the ways he demonstrates his commitment to his clients is by meeting them at their home if needed. Request your free consultation with our Fresno wrongful death lawyer.

Call: (559) 447-1210

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"Initial visit was amazing they are really there for you and will work hard for you extremely understanding they made it very easy and comforting through the whole process" Keith E., 5-Star Google Review

Our State Also Has Strict Reporting Laws That May Work to Your Benefit

In January of 2020, California enacted new workplace death and injury reporting laws. These state that an employer must report a workplace death within eight hours of finding out about it. The employer must include key information about the incident. Any police or firemen who respond must also file a report about the death. 

These reports can be key for helping you obtain deserved compensation. They may become especially important if your claim is denied or if you pursue a wrongful death lawsuit. Mr. Fisher can analyze the reports for critical evidence. He can also draw on his extensive workplace knowledge to look for any inconsistencies between what was initially reported compared to what an employer is currently claiming. 

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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