Many criminal offenses carry a prison term as punishment. Even if you have been charged with such an offense and sent to prison, you retain your constitutional rights. If you were injured while being an inmate, you may be able to sue for damages with the help of our prison injury attorneys in Georgia.
The Eighth Amendment to the Constitution of the United States stipulates that no cruel or unusual punishments shall be inflicted in prison. However, prison authorities and guards often fail to ensure the physical safety and well-being of the inmates. You can invoke your constitutional rights if such a failure has resulted in your injury in prison.
Common Causes of Prison Injury
Some of the common causes of prison injuries include:
- Lack of medical care: As an inmate, you are entitled to full care for your medical problems. Failure to be provided such care on time can lead to health complications that may range from mild to fatal.
- Mistreatment: Mistreatment at the hands of correctional officers and staff can result in injuries. An example is reckless driving during transport, which can cause inmates to suffer an injury. Such mistreatment is often followed by poor medical care, which can further complicate the initial injuries.
- Excessive force: Prison guards may use excessive force without a fair reason, causing injury to inmates.
- Sexual assault: Sexual assault by fellow inmates or prison guards can leave an inmate both physically and mentally injured.
Proving a prison injury and holding the negligent party liable isn’t easy. You will need the help of a law firm that specializes in this particular area, like Fischer Redavid PLLC.
Prison Facilities & Legal Immunity
It can be a challenge to sue government prison facilities. However, the Federal Tort Claims Act (FTCA) allows you to recover damages if you were injured due to the negligence of a government entity. You can also seek wrongful death damages if a loved one has succumbed to prison injuries. The Georgia Tort Claims Act, likewise, offers state-level recourse for injuries caused by a government entity’s negligent actions.
Find Out How Our Georgia Prison Injury Attorneys Can Help
If you have suffered a personal injury in prison, we want to help you. You will need legal help to identify the liable party, bring together the evidence to back up your claim, and file the claim within the stipulated period. We work with you to explore all the legal options available.
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