Police may not use excessive force during an arrest of when detaining a suspect. The amount of damages you may be able to get for pain and suffering (emotional damages) in a police brutality lawsuit depends on the individual circumstances of your case.
FAQS About Police Brutality, Abuse & Excessive Force
I was beaten by a police officer. Can I sue for damages for pain and suffering?
Even though police brutality and the use excessive force by law enforcement officials is illegal, the individual circumstances of each case must be evaluated to determine if a civil rights violation has occurred.
Many people make false claims about police brutality and this makes it harder for civilians with real cases to get justice. You need a skilled civil rights lawyer that can uncover the facts or your case to show your injuries were the result of police abuse or the use of unnecessary force.
Damages for Pain and Suffering in Police Brutality Lawsuits
A significant factor that has a direct impact on the merit and value of your case is how seriously you were injured. For example, if you only sustained minor bruises your case will have fewer damages than if you suffered a broken arm or had to be hospitalized for your injuries.
An experienced civil rights lawyer will also review police and prison records to see if there is a history of abuse and how it was handled within the department. Your case may have more value if an officer was known for using excessive force in the past and the department did not do anything about it.
AlderLaw California personal injury lawyers reached a $1.5 million settlement for former security guard subjected to excessive police force during arrest.
FAQS About Police Brutality and Your Civil Rights
- What is excessive force? What is police brutality?
- California Civil Rights Law Practice Information
- I was beaten by a police officer. Can I sue for damages for pain and suffering?
- How much money can I get for damages for pain and suffering/emotional distress?
- Can I sue for a police dog bite or attack?
Free Civil Rights Legal Consultation with Police Brutality Attorney
We offer a free consultation to help you understand your civil rights and the value of your case. You can contact us through our website, or call our Beverly Hills, CA office at (310) 275-9131. Because injuries can heal quickly, it is important that you contact us as soon as possible. We can help you properly document the extent of your injuries and ensure valuable evidence is preserved.
Use of Excessive Force / Policy Brutality is a Civil Rights Violation
Law enforcement, including police officers, detectives, sheriffs, deputies, and security guards are not permitted to act with excessive force. The use of excessive force is a direct violation of the civil rights under Fifth and Fourteenth Amendments of the U.S. Constitution regarding cruelty and protection of citizens.