Losing a loved one or a family member is one of the most difficult experiences anybody can endure.  The mental anguish and grief can be exhausting and even unbearable at times.

This is not to mention the financial stress that comes with a death in the family. If you or someone that you love has been killed due to someone’s negligence, you may be entitled to full compensation and including a monetary award.


Fiumara & Milligan Law which has been around since 1992 and has very experienced and highly skilled personal injury attorneys with over 60 years of combined personal injury and litigation experience combined. We are very dedicated to helping grieving spouses, parents, and children get the justice they deserve and the full compensation they need to secure peace of mind and move on with their lives following the loss of a loved one.

Our dedicated and compassionate lawyers and professional staff provide expert legal guidance and assistance while upholding the highest standards of client ethics through direct communication and prompt service.  We will always treat you with the respect that you deserve during this very trying time.

  1. First, there is no amount of financial compensation that can replace the loss of a loved one.
  2. Second, when a family member dies due to the negligence or wrongdoing of a third-party, an experienced wrongful death attorney can immediately help protect your interests during what can be an emotional and financially devastating time.
  3. Third, there is no substitute for experience during these difficult times–The wrongful death attorneys at Fiumara & Milligan Law have over 60 years of personal injury legal experience and a proven track record of helping California families obtain financial security and achieve a sense of justice for the loss of a family member. WE have been getting excellent results for our clients since 1992.
  4. Lastly, our team of skilled personal injury attorneys has the experience, connections, and resources to assemble a team of experts and top-notch professionals who will amass the necessary records, documentation, and other vital information to work with accident reconstruction experts and investigators to build a strong and winning case for you and your family.

If serious negotiations do not yield a fair and just result we will be ready to take your case to trial to get the maximum jury award.

What Can You Expect as Compensation in a Wrongful Death Claim?

Since insurance companies will do anything and everything in their power to minimize the impact of a death, they will actively fight to limit the financial compensation that you and your family receive.

Therefore, you need to hire a skilled and experienced wrongful death lawyer with incredible negotiation and trial skills to come up with the right formula and strategy to move your case forward to achieve superior results. Personable and compassionate representation is what you will receive when you hire our team.

You can also expect to be regularly informed about the progress of your case so that you may participate in the decision-making process that will ultimately affect the rest of your life. Here are some of the types of compensation that are achievable in a wrongful death claim:

  • Medical costs.
  • Funeral and burial costs.
  • Loss of income and family support.
  • Loss of benefits.
  • Pain and suffering.
  • Mental anguish and loss of companionship.

The experienced and highly skilled personal injury attorneys at Fiumara & Milligan Law have over 6 decades of personal injury experience representing families who have lost loved ones due to negligence in the following types of cases:

  • Airplane accidents.
  • Auto accidents.
  • Bicycle accidents.
  • Construction accidents.
  • Premises liability accidents.
  • Pedestrian and crosswalk accidents.
  • Explosions and burns.
  • Swimming pool and drowning accidents.
  • Train accidents
  • Truck accidents

We have secured millions of dollars in jury verdicts for our clients and we are prepared to see your wrongful death case through to the very end in order to get you and your family the maximum compensation that you deserve.


Spouses, parents, and children of wrongful death victims and survivors may be eligible to recover damages.  Under California law, family members can collect economic damages for medical and funeral expenses as well as non-economic damages for loss of companionship of a family member and for emotional suffering.

After someone has died in a tragic accident due to the fault of a third-party, only certain members of the family may file a wrongful death claim.  Those closest to the decedent get the highest priority.  Surviving spouses and children receive the highest entitlement and rights.  They may file separately or jointly and the next in line would be the decedents:

  • Parents.
  • Siblings.
  • Children or deceased siblings.
  • Grandparents.
  • There is a second group of claimants which would include a putative spouse and his/her children, stepchildren, and parents of the decedent may also file a wrongful death claim only if they were dependents of the decedent at the time of his/her death. It is best to come in to discuss these rights with us in person.

There is also another category of those who may file a wrongful death claim—Any minor who can prove that he/she was in the care, custody and receiving support from the decedent at the time of his/her death may have a viable wrongful death claim.  Please let us help figure this out for you if you have any doubts.

The highly skilled and knowledgeable wrongful death attorneys at Fiumara & Milligan Law are not only dedicated and hardworking, but they are empathetic to the pain felt by the survivors and offer compassionate representation in every wrongful death case.  This is because long after a fatal accident, families still feel the loss of a loved one who died as a result of the negligence and wrongdoing of another.

In seeking to recover wrongful death compensation for survivors, the skilled and compassionate personal injury attorneys together with our professional paralegals and staff at Fiumara & Milligan will always take the time to personally meet with the families to learn everything we can about the loved one and what their loss has meant to the surviving members of the family.

WE take pride in learning the family dynamic and exactly how the decedent interacted and or supported his or her family. This knowledge enables us to accurately and compassionately convey the tremendous impact of the loss to the jury to maximize any recovery.

Our law firm represents clients throughout the entire North Bay, including Marin, Napa, Solano, Sonoma, and Mendocino Counties and have represented clients throughout California in wrongful death cases.


In addition to representing you and your loved ones on a contingency fee basis where you don’t pay any upfront costs, our law firm works closely with medical providers.  If medical treatment for emotional distress is not available through your own current health insurance coverage, then our firm can arrange on a lien basis any recommended treatment with the best and most respected professionals in the field.

Professional and compassionate medical care is available on a lien basis from our network of qualified physicians, psychiatrists, and other medical providers.  The cost of these medical services is secured by a lien on the case and will be paid out when your case settles at the end.

We Build Your Case from the Ground Up—Your wrongful death case may be limited by a short statute of limitations if a Government Entity or Agency caused the death.  So, meeting with a qualified and experience attorney from the onset could save your claim.

Most wrongful death cases are expert intensive, and expert driven depending on the circumstances and facts that led up to the wrongful death.  However, we have the resources to employ the top-notch investigative services to secure all the necessary evidence that will accurately portray what took place that caused the wrongful death.

We take it upon ourselves to accurately re-create an accident from our expert renditions, eyewitness accounts, and by recreating the events through high tech sophisticated models and videos. This analytical and empirical approach will help tell the accurate story of what really happened and provide a persuasive physical account of the accident paving the way for a large settlement or judgement.

We have earned an excellent reputation for our tough, aggressive representation in all accident cases—Not only is our law firm client-based, customer friend, but we fight hard for the underdog, putting the necessary resources where they need to go to obtain the highest possible compensation and award for our wrongful death victims, survivors and their families.


First, we are a full service law firm. We have two paralegals, several legal assistants, we have two convenient offices (real offices). Stress the geographic convenience of having a Sonoma and Marin County location and that both are easy to find with plenty of FREE parking.

Second, how many years have we been around?  No Johnny come lately we have been in operation since 1992! Longevity should count for something!? WE have the resources to pursue your case—hire top notch experts to increase the value of your case.

Third, experience—between Noreen, Michael, Joe and Justin, not even counting Jackie we have more than 60 years of combined personal injury, legal and litigation experience.

Fourth, results count, a proven track record of millions of dollars collected for plaintiffs…look at the PI/ Civil results!

Fifth—WE offer to take the case on a pure contingency fee arrangement


If you call after hours, please tell one of our helpful operators to connect you to any one of our premises liability lawyers and we will immediately speak with you and help will be on the way.

Please call the train accident lawyers at Fiumara & Milligan Law to discuss your train or railroad accident at either of our conveniently located offices:  In Santa Rosa at (707) 571-8600 or our centrally located office in San Rafael in Marin County, California at (415) 492-4507.

If you are calling after hours, our operators will connect you to any one of our highly skilled attorneys 24/7.  The law firm since 1992 has earned a reputation for providing fair and ethical representation for all our clients; and we treat our clients like family.

 “The Right Attorney Makes All the Difference.”