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Civil Rights Abuse and Injury

We’ve all seen the tragic headlines. 

  • Police shot and killed 963 people in 2016, according to The Washington Post 
  • One in 10 students between eighth and 11th grade reported experiencing inappropriate sexual conduct by a teacher or school employee, according to the Association of University Women 
  • 1,000 people die each year in jail without the public knowing why or if their deaths were preventable, according to HuffPost 
  • In Pennsylvania, 17 foster parents in 2015 are known to have victimized children in their care, according to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services 

Ordinary people, every day, fall victim to abuse and misconduct by government employees and officials, including police officers, corrections officers, teachers, social workers, and others who are supposed to be serving the public interest. 

Civil rights abuse and injury cases occur when government employees or officials deprive us of our constitutional rights; enter into a special relationship with an individual (such as an incarcerated person) and then fail to protect that individual’s health and safety; or “create” or “enhance” a danger that deprives us of our constitutional rights. 

Civil rights abuse and injury cases encompass a wide range of incidents, including: 

  • Police shootings during routine traffic stops 
  • Unjustified strip searches 
  • Racial profiling 
  • School employees’ physically or sexually assaulting students 
  • Failure by county youth services to properly screen foster parents, resulting in a child’s injury or death 
  • Lack of proper medical care for individuals who are incarcerated or involuntarily committed  
  • Unsafe prison conditions, resulting in physical assault 
  • State-created or enhanced dangers, such as failure by police to assist an intoxicated person 

Proving civil rights abuse and injury cases requires not only legal experience, but also rigorous investigation and expertise from professionals in a wide range of disciplines, depending upon the nature of the incident. For instance, an expert on use of deadly force may be required when police shoot and kill a motorist during what was supposed to be a routine traffic stop. 

We have the financial resources to retain appropriate investigators and experts in all necessary disciplines, so we can establish the underlying facts of these incidents―which often escalate quickly and cause death or serious physical and/or psychological injuries that last a lifetime. And because we have decades of experience bringing civil rights abusers to justice, we get maximum financial compensation for our clients. 

We’re Here to Help You 

Government agencies do not care about fairly investigating allegations of misconduct. They hunker down. Contact us immediately. 

We fight so you’ll receive justice and compensation for your physical and psychological injuries and other losses by holding culpable federal, state, and local government employees and officials accountable. Government agencies work to protect themselves. They do not care about conducting an unbiased, thorough investigation, and compensating you for any wrongs they committed. Contact us to find out whether you have grounds for a lawsuit. 

We immediately evaluate your case so you know the status. 

We’re highly experienced at handling civil rights abuse and injury cases and can efficiently review your case, in conjunction with our multidisciplinary team of experts. If your case is right for us, we’ll proceed with a full investigation and evaluation of the facts and legal issues, and determine the likelihood of a fair settlement or need to file a lawsuit. We’ll keep you up-to-date on all developments and advise you on the range of possible outcomes so you can make educated decisions. 

Because a monetary award will significantly impact your life, we put our negotiation and trial skills and experience to work. 

We’re master negotiators, so you can rely on us to negotiate the best possible settlement for you. If the parties can’t agree on money, we’re prepared to file a lawsuit and aggressively try your case in the courtroom. And we have a proven track record of securing winning verdicts and other favorable resolutions in civil rights abuse and injury cases. 

Our personal bond is as important as our legal representation. 

Civil rights violations can cause catastrophic physical and psychological injuries, and death. We understand the helplessness and confusion that the victim and family experience, when public servants, whom we are taught to respect and trust, cause us grievous harm. The victim’s world is upside-down. The family may be dealing with medical and psychological counseling costs, along with living expenses, which can be overwhelming when their breadwinner is too injured―or traumatized―to work. You are not just given one person to work with―you have an entire team of lawyers, paralegals, and secretaries. As a team, we coordinate with one another about your case and keep in constant contact with you and your family. Our team helps clients in these emotionally tough times by being accessible, supportive, and genuine. Our sensitivity and compassion make us better lawyers, too. 

If a new legal matter arises during your case, we can help. 

The firm’s civil rights abuse and injury practice is just one of many HRMM&L law practices. Because HRMM&L is a full-service law firm with substantial resources, we’re able to advise you on other legal problems that may arise during your case. And if the legal problem is one our firm doesn’t handle, we’ll refer you to another lawyer and firm whom we know and trust. 

Other legal problems you may encounter during your medical malpractice case: 

  • Wrongful death and catastrophic injury 
  • Motor vehicle accidents 
  • Construction accidents 
  • Medical malpractice 
  • Employer discrimination and harassment 
  • Slip & fall and dangerous property conditions 
  • Product liability, harmful drugs, defective medical devices