If you or a loved one has faced mistreatment in an Atlanta prison, you may have several legal options. The state and federal laws stipulate that all prison inmates have certain rights. These include the right to proper medical treatment. If your rights are violated as an inmate, an Atlanta deliberate indifference lawyer can help you seek compensatory damages.
Many inmates at a prison arrive with medical complications. These complications can be immediate and severe, especially in people with substance abuse issues. Other medical problems such as mental health issues can be an ongoing concern for other inmates.
It is the legal responsibility of the prison authorities to provide reasonable medical care on time to the inmates when needed. Failure to do so may constitute deliberate indifference. There are other forms of prison negligence that can also lead to deliberate indifference claims.
Deliberate indifference constitutes a failure to avert a known risk or hazard to a prison inmate. It is legally broken down into two parts. When proving deliberate indifference, you must be able to show that:
Most deliberate indifference claims apply to prison negligence related to medical care. However, they may also apply to other instances of inhumane treatment when such treatment violates prisoner rights under the Eighth Amendment.
Some examples of deliberate indifference include:
These are just some of the instances that may give rise to a deliberate indifference claim. However, there are other situations where you can file such a claim.
In most cases, the prison authorities are held liable for deliberate indifference. This is simply because it is the legal responsibility of the correctional officers to ensure that the constitutional rights of the inmates are safeguarded.
When the required medication is delayed, a fellow inmate injures a prisoner, a prison healthcare provider is negligent, or an inmate suffers losses in any other way, the prison officials are likely to be held responsible.
If you have been the victim of mistreatment in an Atlanta prison, we want to help you. At Fischer Redavid PLLC, our Atlanta personal injury lawyers can work with you to build up a solid claim backed with evidence. We can also negotiate on your behalf to secure the best possible settlement.
Call us today at 404-287-2856 to discuss your deliberate indifference claim with our lawyers. You can also submit the contact form below to schedule a free consultation.
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