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Can a Lawsuit be Brought Against a Jail for Personal Injuries

Can a lawsuit be brought against a jail for personal injuries? If you are asking this question, it is probably because you suffered personal injuries while in jail and are wanting to know if you can receive compensation for your injuries by bringing a lawsuit against the jail.

No one wants to go to jail. To make matters worse, you sustained personal injuries during your time in jail.

It may be that you were attacked by another prisoner or prisoners. You may have needed medication because you have some kind of heart condition and were not given your heart medication. You may have fallen and hit your head and had a concussion. You may have needed medication to keep you from having seizures and were not given that medication. As a result, you had a seizure and sustained brain damages or other head injuries.

No guarantee


Each one of these examples would allow you to bring a personal injury lawsuit against a jail. However, this is no guarantee that you will win your lawsuit. All of the facts regarding how you sustained your personal injuries in a jail will go a long way in determining the outcome of your personal injury lawsuit.

If you bring a personal injury lawsuit against a jail, you certainly want to win that lawsuit. What do you need to do in order to have the best chance to win?

Your best chance to win a lawsuit against a jail is to have a personal injury attorney fighting for you. Think about this, the jail will be represented by an experienced attorney or law firm. Do you really want to “take on” an attorney or law firm by yourself in a court of law?

Good news


You may say, “But, I cannot afford an attorney.” The good news is that most personal injury attorneys work on a contingency fee basis. This means you do not owe them anything unless they win your case. This also means you do not have to have any money “up front”.

You probably should not be represented by a personal injury attorney from the area around the jail. This is due to the fact that personal injury attorneys from the area around the jail may have prior connections with officials of that jail.

One thing you can do that will greatly help your attorney is to check and see if there have been any other lawsuits that have been brought against the jail for things like neglect, brutality or abuse. This can be done through the internet and local newspapers.

Save valuable time


By doing this, you will save valuable time for your attorney. Your attorney can then investigate these cases.

Bringing a lawsuit against a jail will not be easy. It usually involves a long, hard fight.

If you or your attorney discovers that other people have been injured while in that jail, there may be the possibility of bringing a class action suit against the jail. This may make it easier to show wrongdoing by the jail.

The smart thing to do is to contact a personal injury attorney and have your case evaluated at no cost or obligation to you.

Article written by James Shugart

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