Injuries from a Police Officer
Contrary to popular belief, police brutality and excessive force aren’t limited to large cities like New York, St. Louis, Chicago, and Baltimore. It occurs all across America, in populated urban areas, small towns, and everywhere in between. Police brutality happens when an officer uses their position of authority to victimize another person. It doesn’t have to involve physical violence, but in many cases, it does.
All police officers have a duty to protect and serve, treating all citizens with dignity and respect. This applies whether you are being detained for a traffic stop or suspicion of murder. Suppose you or someone you love has been a victim of police brutality in Tennessee. In that case, you could be eligible for compensation from the police officer, their department, the municipality, and other potentially liable parties. A Tennessee police brutality attorney from Raybin & Weissman will fight for your rights and help you seek the compensation you deserve for your injuries.
Types of Police Officer-Caused Injuries
Every year, an estimated one million U.S. civilians experience police threats of or use of force, resulting in a conservative estimate of 85,000 non-fatal injuries requiring hospital care and 600-1000 fatalities. Injuries caused by police officers include:
- Traumatic brain injuries (TBI)
- Spinal cord injuries (SCI)
- Dislocations and fractures
- Crushing injuries
- Caught-between injuries
- Internal organ damage and bleeding
- Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
Most injuries occur in the head, face, upper torso, and upper extremities. These injuries can arise from shootings, being tasered, manual or physical force, or even police cars. When police officers use excessive force for any reason, they can be held liable for the serious injuries they cause. Many victims are left with long and painful recoveries, and some may never fully recover.
Types of Possible Compensation for Police Brutality
A Tennessee police brutality lawyer can help you take action against the liable party or parties and seek compensation for your injuries. You might be eligible for compensation to receive compensation for:
- The cost of medical treatment for your police brutality injuries
- Lost income and wages from missed work hours
- Reduced earning capacity due to the severity of your injuries
- Pain and suffering
- Loss of enjoyment of life
- Emotional distress
- Loss of consortium
- Scarring and disfigurement
Your chances of receiving full and fair compensation for your injuries increase when you have an experienced attorney on your side.
Victim’s Rights After Police Injuries
Victims have rights after suffering serious injuries at the hands of police officers who had no right to harm them. Pursuing these rights is best done with the help of an experienced Tennessee police brutality lawyer. At Raybin & Weissman, Attorneys at Law, we can help you exercise your rights and obtain compensation for your injuries that you should have never suffered in the first place. We aren’t afraid to stand up to law enforcement when they wrong innocent victims. Our attorneys provide free, no-obligation case consultations to get your claim started. To schedule yours, call us at 615-256-6666 or contact us online.