Advocates For Inmates Who Suffered Neglect Or Civil Rights Violations
A person’s civil rights are not completely suspended during encounters with the police or while serving time in prison. People are always entitled to basic human rights such as adequate medical care and a safe living and working environment. If the prison neglects to provide these, you may have the right to file a lawsuit to recover compensation and hold the negligent party accountable.
At McKeen & Associates, P.C., we help incarcerated people and their loved ones explore their options after a prison injury. For more than 30 years, we have served the people of the Upper Peninsula, particularly Michigan and Ohio. Our prison injury lawyers are not afraid to take on the prison industrial complex if it means helping our clients and their loved ones.
Understanding Prison Injury Cases
Prisoners have the right to safe living conditions and adequate medical care, including mental health support. If a prison fails to provide this and it results in a severe illness or injury, victims can pursue a civil claim. Our attorneys handle a range of prison injury cases, including:
- Excessive force
- Medical neglect
- Lack of mental health treatment
- Sexual assault
- Indifference to suicidal ideation
- Motor vehicle collisions during prisoner transport
Tragically, many prison staff members ignore expressions of suicidal ideation or intent. If your loved one took their own life in prison after expressing suicidal ideation to a prison staff member or medical provider, you may have a case for wrongful death.
What Are My Options? Who Is Liable?
There are several options for filing a lawsuit relating to a prison injury. We know how to handle every one of them, including:
- Section 1983 claims
- State court claims
- Federal Tort Claims Act claims
- Bivens actions
- Chapter 23 claims
There are often multiple sources of liability in prison injury cases, including state entities, the federal government, municipalities and private contractors. These parties will do anything possible to avoid liability. They do not want to admit they violated your civil rights, their insurers do not want to pay damages and they do not want bad publicity. This makes any case against them incredibly tough – but we are even tougher.
Stand Up For Your Rights With Us At Your Side
You might feel hopeless, but you do not have to when you have a personal injury lawyer for prisoners on your side. At McKeen & Associates, P.C., we work on a contingency fee basis: You pay nothing unless we recover compensation. Call our toll-free number at 313-524-8570 or send us an email. We have offices in Detroit, South Haven and Ottawa.