The Law Offices of Oscar Syger are police brutality lawyers in Boca Raton, Florida who work closely with individuals who have suffered from pepper spray injuries after a police encounter. While police officers might sometimes use pepper spray as an alternative to deadly force, pepper spray isn’t a completely harmless method of subduing a suspect. In fact, according to the American Journal of Emergency Medicine, pepper spray exposure can result in corneal abrasions. Another report by the Physicians for Human Rights called attention to the dangers of the use of chemical irritants as a form of crowd control. Chemical irritants, including tear gas, appears to have injured an estimated 5,131 people, with two of these individuals suffering fatal injuries, and another 70 suffering from permanently disabling injuries. Sometimes police officers may throw canisters of pepper spray or tear gas at a crowd. When these canisters are thrown, they can become dangerous projectiles that can cause head injury, neck injury, and eye injury.
According to a Forbes article, the effects of pepper spray on health have not been thoroughly studied. The ACLU notes that there is one death for every 600 times police use pepper spray. While it isn’t clear whether the pepper spray itself caused the death, or whether it was a combination of physical restraint, pepper spray use, and drug use on the part of the person being restrained, clearly more studies on the effects of pepper spray need to be performed.
However, if you have been personally injured after police used pepper spray on you, you may have options under the law. The Law Offices of Oscar Syger are police brutality attorneys in Boca Raton, Florida who work closely with victims who have suffered serious injuries as a result of a police encounter. If police actions have left you or someone you love harmed, you may have the right to seek damages for your medical expenses, lost wages, and pain and suffering damages.
Toxic Chemicals in Pepper Spray
Pepper spray contains some of the most potent kinds of pepper. In addition to this potent pepper, some sprays may contain additional toxic chemicals including alcohol, hydrocarbons, and propellants. Inhalation of these additional substances can cause complications that can affect the heart, breathing, and brain of individuals who are exposed. In some cases, high doses of exposure to some of these chemicals can result in death. In fact, studies regarding the full range of pepper spray effects may be limited because some individuals might have delayed reactions to the chemical components in these pepper sprays. In fact, pepper spray is no longer used for police training purposes because in 1996, OSHA found it to be a health risk, with symptoms ranging from asthma to chest pain and loss of consciousness reported. Furthermore, studies on exposure may not always account for how a person’s underlying medical complications could create adverse reactions. When pepper spray is used on a diverse population, there could be serious implications and injuries that result.
If you or someone you love was exposed to pepper spray or some other form of crowd control chemical substance and were hurt as a result of exposure, consider speaking to the Law Offices of Oscar Syger, police brutality attorneys in Boca Raton, Florida. Our firm can review the circumstances of your injury, the events leading up to your injury, and help you determine whether you have a case. Reach out to our firm today to learn more.
When is Pepper Spray Used?
Police often use pepper spray as an alternative to using deadly force. While alternatives to deadly force in some situations can prevent unnecessary deaths and protect officers and the general public, sometimes pepper spray use constitutes excessive force in its own right. Pepper spray may be used during an arrest, or as a form of crowd control. However, if police use pepper spray indiscriminately, police departments and officers could potentially be held accountable for the injuries others sustain as a result of pepper spray use.
The Law Offices of Oscar Syger are police brutality lawyers in Boca Raton, Florida who assist families and victims who have suffered because of police excessive force. When is force excessive? Police are given great powers when it comes to protecting their own safety and the safety of the general public. However, there are times when police abuse these powers or act without cause. For example, there have been reports of racial profiling, and violations of First Amendment rights in some recent arrests. The Law Offices of Oscar Syger are police brutality lawyers who work with victims in Boca Raton, Florida to help them seek compensation for any injuries or losses they might have suffered as a result of police brutality. Have questions? Reach out to our firm today for a free initial consultation. Or, reach out to USAttorneys.com to get connected with the lawyers at the Law Offices of Oscar Syger today.