Back in 2016, Allison Irwin had called the Sacramento police department out of concern for her suicidal husband who had been drinking and on prescription medications that day. What happened next was not a suicide but a police shooting that left Chad Irwin dead on his doorstep and the family questioning whether that police shooting was legal. The city of Sacramento will now pay the Irwin family one of the largest wrongful death settlements in recent history as a result of the deadly police shooting- $7 Million.
The Sacramento Bee reports on the events that led to the Sacramento police wrongful death shooting, noting that Irwin was holding a knife when he approached the deputy that ultimately fired 11 rounds at Irwin.
Can you sue a city when there is a deadly or non-deadly police shooting that you think was wrong? Absolutely and these types of cases are much more common than you think. There are many wrongful death and personal injury lawsuits filed against Sacramento and other California cities every single week. Everything from dangerous road conditions that cause a Los Angeles car accident to deadly police shootings that result in a Los Angeles wrongful death case are things we help our clients handle. The pro to filing a personal injury lawsuit against a city versus an individual and his or her insurance is that there are much higher policy limits so your case can be worth a lot of money, especially if it involves a wrongful death. Just how much is a city-based wrongful death lawsuit worth? Usually millions and Los Angeles is found responsible for a lot of them.
One con of filing a personal injury lawsuit against a California city is that there is a lot of paperwork and a very short window to get things filed. That's where we come in-- as Los Angeles wrongful death lawyers with experience suing (and winning) the city, we know the all the winning arguments to make but you cannot delay in calling us. Hiring us as your lawyers is one of the easiest things you can do. Wrongful death cases are never easy and while they won't bring your loved one back they can help provide much needed emotional and financial closure to this difficult loss. Want to learn more? We are available 24/7 to chat.