Individuals do not lose their civil rights simply because they are in custody in a local jail or in a prison. Pre-trial detainees are usually protected under the Fourth Amendment, and post-trial detainees protected under the Eighth Amendment to the Constitution of the United States. The Eighth Amendment protects individuals against cruel and/or unusual punishments while in custody. If you feel you have a case, please contact a Prison Injury Lawyer.
Our prisons are extremely dangerous places because they are usually filled with many violent and aggressive criminals. The job of a prison guard is not easy and they cannot be expected to protect the well-being of those under their control one hundred percent of the time. Many misconduct lawsuits brought against custodial or prison guards because of injuries, including death, sustained by inmates, have been successful as a result of evidence of poor training guards receive, and often their deliberate indifference to following policy. These areas include ignoring rapes or assaults amongst inmates, beatings and shooting by guards, and not doing enough to prevent jail suicides (the suicide rate in local jails in 2014 was 50 per 100,000 local jail inmates, and that more than a third, 425 of 1,053 deaths, or 40%, of these deaths occurred within the first 7 days of admission) If you feel you have a case, please our Jail Injury Lawyers.
This area of the law is complex. Contact one of our misconduct attorneys to discuss what steps you need to take for a lawsuit against those who have harmed you or someone close to you.
Time is of the essence as there are statutes of limitations applicable to all civil claims against governmental agencies, and their employees, including custodial staffs in local jails and State prisons. If a governmental claim and/or lawsuit is not filed in a timely manner you will forever lose your ability to seek justice in a court of law.
Call to speak with one of our Jail or Prison Injury attorneys in Riverside, San Bernadino or Orange County.
Represented client injured by custodial staff while in prison. Case settled for $500,000 before trial.
Represented client injured by custodial staff while in jail. Case settled for $335,000 before trial.
Represented client subject to unreasonable search and seizure, and then subject to excessive force, being Tased by a police officer. Case settled for $400,000 before trial.