Cruel and Unusual Punishment Injury Lawsuits
Everyone deserves to be treated fairly and humanely, even those who have been committed – rightly or wrongly – to a jail, prison, or other correctional facility. Punishment should not be cruel or unusual and inmates should have access to appropriate medical care and treatment when necessary.
If you or a loved one was injured or died while in a prison, a jail, a juvenile detention center, or even police custody, you have a right to learn the circumstances surrounding the personal injury or death. And in some cases of negligence, you may have a right to file a lawsuit.
If you have committed a crime, you should be punished but the punishment should not be cruel and unusual punishment. Being in prison does not give the system the right to deprive you of necessary medical attention or inmates the right to rape you.
The Harman Law Firm stands up for victims of abuse in correctional facilities.
Inmates in prisons, jails, and juvenile detention centers are not free to seek their own medical care. Therefore, the correctional facility is responsible for providing appropriate medical treatment and care.
Unfortunately, inmates’ medical needs are sometimes neglected or denied medical care that they need – sometimes due to innocent mistake, but other times due to something more sinister.
- Some inmates have suffered serious, life-threatening infections because of unsanitary conditions.
- Still others are injured when inmate transport vehicles are driven carelessly.
- Cruel and unusual punishment injuries or suffering.
- Prisoner denied medical care or necessary medical attention.
- Inmates may be assaulted by guards or other inmates.
In these cases, the correctional facility may be liable for catastrophic injury, medical malpractice, or wrongful death.
Speak with an attorney experienced in cruel and unusual punishment cases and issues.
The 8th amendment offers protection to ensure your basic human rights are protected if you go to jail or prison. Government facilities in the Atlanta and Augusta areas have certain immunities from lawsuits that private facilities do not. In many circumstances, however, Federal and state “Torts Claims Acts” allow injured victims to recover damages from correctional facilities. If you or a loved one was injured or died while in a prison, a jail, a juvenile detention center, or police custody, you should speak with an attorney who is experienced in this area.