The Law Offices of Oscar Syger represent victims who have suffered personal injury as a result of police brutality in Boca Raton, Pembroke Pines, and Miramar. Police brutality personal injury law can be quite complex. When the police are violent and this violence results in injuries, victims and families may have the right to pursue lawsuits against Florida police officers or police departments. However, pursuing a lawsuit against Florida police officers and police departments often means pursuing a claim against the government. When pursuing a case against the government, victims and families might face issues of sovereign immunity, which is the legal principle that the government cannot be sued without its consent. However, there have been many successful cases where victims of police brutality and police violence have sued police departments and counties, and have won. If you or a loved one has suffered an injury due to police brutality or police violence in Boca Raton, Pembroke Pines, and Miramar, contact the police brutality lawyer at the Law Offices of Oscar Syger today.
Sovereign Immunity and Police Brutality Lawsuits in Florida
The system for filing a lawsuit against a police department or government entity is different than filing a lawsuit against a driver following a car accident. A specific process must be followed. The principle of sovereign immunity protects the government from lawsuits. In order for a person or individual to file a lawsuit against the government, the government must first consent to the lawsuit. The process to getting the government to consent to a lawsuit is a formal one. If you or a loved one have suffered due to a police officer’s violent actions, you may qualify to pursue a claim against the officer or police department. Individuals who want to make a claim against a police department have three years from the date an injury or damages occurred to inform the government agency in writing that they want to pursue a personal injury claim. Families who want to pursue a wrongful death claim have two years from the date of a family member’s death to inform the government agency in writing that they intend to pursue a lawsuit. Inmates in jail or in the Department of Corrections system have one year from the date of an incident to inform the government that they intend to pursue a claim. If you or a loved one have suffered from police violence or brutality, you may have important rights under the law. Contact the Law Offices of Oscar Syger, a police brutality lawyer in Boca Raton, Pembroke Pines, and Miramar today to learn more about how we might be able to help you seek damages for your losses.
Police Misconduct That Can Lead to A Lawsuit
Police misconduct can lead to serious losses for victims and families. If a person is injured due to police brutality, he or she may face medical costs, a long rehabilitation period, and may miss time from work or be disabled. Victims of police misconduct may have the right to pursue a personal injury lawsuit against the city, county, state, or police officer for their damages. What types of police misconduct can result in injuries and losses?
- Excessive Force. Police are permitted only to use a reasonable amount of force to protect their safety and the safety of the general public. There are different degrees of force police officers are permitted to use—including deadly force. However, officers must have reason to believe that they are in physical danger or that others would be in physical danger when they choose to use physical or deadly force. The burden of proof is on the victim to show that the officer used excessive physical or deadly force. Officers are often given the benefit of the doubt in court, so it is often wise to seek the counsel of a police brutality lawyer in Boca Raton, Pembroke Pines, or Miramar, like the Law Offices of Oscar Syger. Oscar Syger can review your case, gather evidence, and fight for your rights.
- False Arrest. If a police officer held you or arrested you without probable cause, you may have the right to make a false arrest claim. False arrest can lead to losses, especially if a victim was unable to go to work, unable to pick up children from school or care for loved ones, or if a person suffered reputational damage as a result of a false arrest. Officers must have reasonable suspicion that you committed a crime in order to arrest you. False arrest is also similar to an unlawful traffic stop. If you believe you were being racially profiled by police during a false arrest or traffic stop, you may have important rights under the law, including the right to pursue a personal injury lawsuit for your false arrest. Contact the Boca Raton, Pembroke Pines, and Miramar police brutality lawyer at the Law Offices of Oscar Syger today to learn more,
- Police Sexual Misconduct. Sexual misconduct by police can be especially violating, especially because police officers are individuals in which the public places a special trust. Police sexual predators may pray on victims who have criminal records or whose credibility may be brought into question in court. According to the National Criminal Justice Reference Service, incidents of police sexual misconduct were identified by researchers at all levels of police agencies from the local to the federal levels. If you have suffered as a result of police sexual misconduct or abuse, you may have the right to seek damages for your injuries and emotional suffering. Contact the Law Offices of Oscar Syger, personal injury lawyers in Boca Raton, Pembroke Pines, and Miramar today to learn more.
If you or a loved one have suffered due to police brutality, you may be able to seek damages from officers and police departments for your medical costs, lost wages, rehabilitation costs, pain and suffering, and emotional suffering. The Law Offices of Oscar Syger are personal injury lawyers who help victims of police brutality seek justice. You may only have a limited amount of time under the law to seek damages for your losses. Contact the Law Offices of Oscar Syger, personal injury lawyers today for a free consultation.