We depend on government institutions and employees to protect us, from law enforcement agents keeping our neighborhoods safe, to social workers protecting the most vulnerable members of our communities. However, these institutions are not failsafe, and it is important to hold wrongdoers in government accountable in order to maintain high standards in our institutions.
If you have been harmed during an encounter with law enforcement officers, corrections officers, or other government employees who are acting in their professional capacities, you may have a constitutional claim against the government.
Some common and compensable infringements on your constitutional rights include:
- Use of excessive force or brutality by police officers
- Failure of jail staff and/or corrections officers to provide proper medical care and treatment to inmates and detainees
- Unlawful searches of your private or personal property without a valid warrant