Are you seeking compensation after being a victim of police brutality, excessive force, or other civil rights violation?
Have your civil rights been violated? If you believe the answer is yes, consult with an experienced civil rights attorney, as you may be entitled to compensation from the responsible party or parties. At Raybin & Weissman, we regularly pursue civil rights cases—as well as criminal defense and personal injury lawsuits—and can help you determine if you have a case. Contact us online or give us a call at 615.256.6666 for a free, no obligation consultation.
We recognize that it may not be easy for you to assess whether you have a case, so don’t hesitate to call. These days, it’s common to read stories about police shootings and Taser incidents, thanks in part to the existence of smartphones and dashboard cameras, which make it much more likely that a controversial incident gets recorded on video. But there are many ways your civil rights can be violated, and many cases of improper conduct are never investigated or pursued.
On this resource page, we answer many frequently asked questions about civil rights abuses, including inappropriate use of Tasers, inmate abuse, police brutality, and other types of violations.
We also recognize that having your civil rights violated can be physically and emotionally scarring, and that the process of pursuing a civil rights lawsuit may seem daunting—even overwhelming. Especially when it involves suing a government entity, police department, or other law enforcement agency.
We’re here to offer our expertise and to help you get compensation as quickly and painlessly as possible. In one recent case we negotiated a favorable settlement in a matter of months. We fight to get justice for victims of police brutality, excessive force, and other civil rights violations.
Civil Rights & Excessive Force Cases We Handle
At Raybin & Weissman our lawyers have extensive experience representing victims of civil rights cases in Nashville and the rest of Middle Tennessee. Our attorneys handle cases that include:
- Police shootings
- Excessive force and police brutality, including cases involving the use of Tasers
- Jail inmate abuse, including excessive force and physical, sexual and psychological abuse
- Unlawful death at the hands of police or guards
- False imprisonment/illegal detention or arrest by police
- Unlawful arrest and conviction, also known as malicious prosecution
- Unlawful search and seizure, like an illegal home or auto search that violates the Fourth Amendment
While police and other law enforcement officials have a difficult and dangerous job—and put themselves in harm’s way every day to help ensure our collective safety—they are not above the law. When law enforcement officials go beyond their legal limits and violate the civil rights of people they are charged with protecting, they should be held accountable. In fact, some law enforcement agencies have a track record of allegedly using excessive force. It often takes settlements and judgments to get police departments to change their training, policies and procedures, which helps prevent additional incidents from occurring in the future.
We’re Nashville’s Experienced Civil Rights Attorneys
It’s important to work with an attorney with extensive experience representing plaintiffs in civil rights cases, as civil rights law is complicated and nuanced, with new developments occurring on a daily basis. At Raybin & Weissman our lawyers have extensive experience addressing civil rights issues and work tirelessly to get you the fair compensation you need for your physical and emotional recovery. We have represented countless victims in Nashville and throughout Middle Tennessee, and have won individual settlements and judgements worth hundreds of thousands of dollars.
As noted above, one of those settlements came in a jailhouse case in which the victim we represented was repeatedly Tased while restrained in a restraint chair, suffering dozens of Taser burns.
Incidents involving unwarranted use of Tasers by jailhouse guards and corrections officers are seemingly becoming more common—and are sometimes deadly. We recently reported on an incident in which an Illinois woman sued her local Sherriff’s Department after she was Tased, as she suffered a miscarriage and other injuries in the wake of the incident. And Reuters has issued a report documenting “104 prisoner fatalities after corrections officers deployed Tasers, often with other force. Most inmates were unarmed, and many were handcuffed or pinned to the ground,” noted Reuters.
Tasers are also often deployed when police officers are subduing suspects, who may or may not have committed a crime. We recently reported on a South Carolina case in which an 86-year-old man received a $900,000 settlement after he suffered severe injuries when he was Tased following a traffic stop.
When used properly and in the right circumstances, Tasers can be effective safety/self-defense tools. But when used inappropriately—repeated and excessive shocking, for instance—they can cause serious, permanent injuries and even death. Victims can be injured by Tasers in a variety of ways.
For one, it’s common for victims to experience electrical burns or scars. Also, the involuntary muscle contractions caused by Tasers can lead to sprains or broken bones, especially if the victim falls to the ground without the ability to break his/her fall.
The shock(s) can also affect the victim’s heart, causing fatal cardiac arrhythmias or heart attack.
Intense shocks can also exacerbate the effect of drugs, either legal or illegal, which can lead to additional injury or death, especially in combination with other use of force. There have also been rare occasions where the use of a Taser near a flammable substance (like gasoline) has caused a victim to be severely burned.
If you or a family member has been injured by a Taser or otherwise been a victim of excessive force in Davidson County or elsewhere in Middle Tennessee, don’t hesitate to reach out to us with questions or to discuss the circumstances surrounding the incident. We encourage you to contact us online or call us at 615.256.6666.
Civil Rights Frequently Asked Questions:
What Regions in Tennessee Do You Serve for Civil Rights Cases?
In the more than four decades that our firm has been practicing law here, we’ve seen Nashville grow substantially. Though many of our civil rights cases stem from incidents in Nashville and Davidson County, we also frequently represent victims from surrounding counties and suburbs, such as Williamson County and Rutherford County.
What to Do After a Civil Rights Incident?
If you believe your civil rights—or the rights of a family member—have been violated by a police department, sheriff’s office, or other law enforcement agency, preserve and document as much evidence as possible. You should also try to obtain any photos or videos that may have been taken by eyewitnesses. Video evidence, in particular, can be crucial in this kind of case. Then consult with an experienced civil rights attorney as soon as possible.
How Can Your Law Firm Help?
There are often multiple possible avenues when pursuing justice in the wake of alleged police misconduct or other civil rights violation. You need expert legal advice before filing an internal complaint against a law enforcement officer, filing a criminal complaint, or filing a civil lawsuit. In many cases, you may want to pursue multiple avenues of recourse at the same time. This is another reason why civil rights, police brutality, and excessive force cases can be extremely complicated. Keep in mind that any accused individual or organization will have legal counsel on their side, so it’s prudent to secure your own legal counsel before taking action.
What Kind of Civil Rights Case Settlement & Compensation Can Be Expected?
Every case is unique. It is both impossible and irresponsible to tell you what your case might be worth without a full analysis of the circumstances and the injuries resulting from the accident. However, the categories of damage that determine what a case is worth include:
- Medical bills
- Lost wages
- Pain and suffering
- Loss of consortium
Our Lawyers Will Determine Liability for Your Injuries
At Raybin & Weissman, our lawyers have a long history of representing victims of civil rights abuses throughout the Nashville metropolitan area and the rest of Middle Tennessee. Most likely, we’ve already handled a case just like yours.
At our firm we understand how difficult it can be to address the legal issues resulting from a civil rights violation. Through aggressive representation and compassionate client service, we can help you to determine liability for your injuries and work to help you recover the compensation you are entitled to as quickly as possible, helping you to get your life back on track.
If you or a loved one has been the victim of a civil rights violation, don’t hesitate to reach out to us. Contact our office online or call 615-256-6666 to discuss your injury concerns with one or our caring, compassionate attorneys. Our goal is to help you get the compensation you deserve but also to prevent future incidents. Along with ensuring justice is served for you and your family, we aim to help other families avoid the same pain and suffering that you are experiencing.
If you’re an attorney outside the state of Tennessee and are looking for help with a Taser case or other civil rights case in your home state, don’t hesitate to contact us at 615-256-6666.