The former Playboy beauty suffered a stroke due to a blockage in her carotid artery days after visiting a chiropractor for a neck manipulation in Los Angeles in February (16).

She was placed in critical condition and was taken off life support three days later.

The Los Angeles coroner ruled earlier this month (Oct16), that the 34-year-old sustained a blunt force injury during the chiropractor session which tore her left vertebral artery and cut off the blood supply to her brain.

Her estate's lawyer Ronald Richards has now told TMZ.com the coroner's findings open up the possibility of compensation.

He adds that he has been in touch with the chiropractor to say the estate wants to avoid a lengthy trial and would rather take a "seven-figure settlement" which they intend to use as a college fund for May’s seven-year-old daughter.

However, they have warned they will file a wrongful death lawsuit if a settlement can't be reached.

Richards tells TMZ that although May's death was ruled an accident, he believes "there are some consequences" for licensed professionals who are negligent.