When someone dies due to terrible police judgment is a tragedy for the victim’s loved ones. Police are supposed to be protectors and guardians, not perpetrators of killing people.
A wrongful death, someone dying because of someone’s neglect and irresponsible actions, is something that haunts families and loved ones. At Russell & Hill, PLLC, our Spokane wrongful death lawyers want to discuss a recent tragedy that occurred here in Spokane, at the hands of police, shooting someone who was no threat to them.
What Happened in This Spokane Wrongful Death?
In January 2020, a Spokane police officer shot and killed a 35-year-old man on his porch. The police were responding to an altercation in the area, and David Novak was on his porch. The police told David to get on the ground, and because he didn’t respond quickly enough, a police officer shot Novak.
Novak stumbled into his house but was found dead inside. When the police officers looked for a gun he was supposedly brandishing; they could not find one in the house. Instead, they found a metal bat.
Simply not complying fast enough caused a police officer to shoot and kill David Novak, leaving behind his loved ones to pick up the pieces of this tragedy. In contrast, the police were not charged with anything regarding this incident.
Wrongful death leaves a wake of tragedy behind
Wrongful shootings by police fill our news channels and our newsstands. Even with precautions and law changes, police acting as their own law and order is dangerous and, in many cases, lethal. At Russell & Hill, PLLC, our Spokane wrongful death attorneys find that there are responsible parties, acting without reservation that endanger others, especially when they wear a badge.
The family members of wrongful death have to deal with such problems such as:
- Loss of stability in the home
- Sudden loss of income for the family
- Emotional and physical trauma
- Unable to keep up with mortgage and rent payments
- Unforeseen legal and medical bills
These issues seem to pile up, leaving loved ones lost without the person unjustly taken from them. There is help in cases like these to get some kind of restoration financially. We want you to act as fast as possible to get the compensation you deserve before the bills and the obligations you face climb too high.
Call us for a free consultation on your case
If you or somebody you love has been the victim of a wrongful death caused by someone’s careless and negligent actions in the Spokane area, please contact us immediately. We want to act as quickly as possible to assist you as best we can. We pledge to conduct a full investigation into your claim so we can secure the compensation you need. This can include:
- Lost wages
- Medical bills
- Pain and suffering
- Psychological care
- Punitive damages