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What should I do if a loved one's been killed by a police officer's deadly force?
You lost your loved one due to unnecessary force. We understand that it is a devastating, painful, and overwhelming loss. As you grieve and adjust to life without your loved one, it can be very difficult to know what to do next.
Protect Important Evidence
As the plaintiff in a police brutality wrongful death claim, it is up to you to prove what happened. This will require evidence. Depending on the specific circumstances and location of the incident that took the life of your loved one, this evidence may include:
- Police cameras. Cameras on patrol vehicles, body cameras, and surveillance cameras in police stations may have captured what happened to your loved one.
- Other cameras. If your loved one was hurt on the street, for example, then area businesses or homes may have captured the incident on their private security cameras and you may be able to get these recordings.
- Police dispatch records. This should tell you which officers were at the scene of the incident. One or more of these officers may have used excessive force, and one or more of these officers may be witnesses to what happened.
- Witnesses. It is important to find out if anyone else saw what happened. Their testimony may be very useful.
Other forms of evidence may also be useful in your case and should be discussed with your lawyer.
Talk to a Police Brutality Lawyer as Soon as Possible
It is not up to you to know what evidence to seek, how to report an incident of police brutality, or what steps to take after your loved one has been the victim of police brutality. Instead, you can leave these things up to your police brutality attorney who will advise you of rights and protect your potential recovery. To learn more, please call us, text us, or reach out to us via this website as soon as possible. We would be pleased to provide you with a free, no-obligation consultation so that you can learn more about your rights.
I’ve been charged with a crime. During my arrest the police acted with excessive force and I was hurt. Will pursuing a civil police brutality case impact my criminal case?
You may have been hurt by police brutality while you were being arrested for a crime. However, even during an arrest you have legal rights. Police officers do not have the right to use excessive force against you. If you are hurt by police brutality then you have the right to consult with a police brutality lawyer and to pursue justice—even if there is a criminal case pending against you.
While some facts may overlap, the criminal case against you and a civil police brutality case are independent of one another.
The Criminal Case and the Police Brutality Case Will Be Handled Separately
The two cases have different standards of proof, will be heard in different courts, and will have different outcomes. Furthermore, different government lawyers will represent the government’s interests in the criminal case against you and your police brutality case. While government prosecutors will try to make the case that you broke the law, government defense attorneys will represent the municipality, the state of Wisconsin, or the United States in any civil police brutality case that you bring.
Contact a Police Brutality Lawyer Today to Make Sure That Your Rights are Protected
You are likely trusting a criminal defense lawyer to help you with the criminal case pending against you. You also deserve legal representation in any police brutality case that you bring. You did not deserve to be hurt by excessive force, and our experienced police brutality lawyers will work hard to make sure that your rights are protected now.
Please contact us today for a free, no-obligation consultation. We would be happy to welcome you in any of our Wisconsin offices, Milwaukee, Appleton, Green Bay, Madison or Wausau, or to come to you if you can’t come to us. Please call us, text us, or fill out our online contact form to learn more.
Does your law firm hate the police?
No. Instead, quite the opposite is true. Our law firm respects and supports police officers. We understand how difficult their jobs are and how important they are to our communities. The majority of officers work hard every day to uphold the law and to keep us safe. They often do this work while putting their own safety at risk.
Good Police Officers Should Not Be Harmed by Cops Who Abuse Their Power
We believe that the police officers who use excessive force, who sexually assault people, or who otherwise engage in police brutality should be held accountable. This accountability is important not only to the victims who were hurt by police brutality, but also to the hardworking and law-abiding police officers who do their jobs day in and day out without resorting to excessive force.
When the cops who act with excessive force are held accountable, it may:
- Deter other police officers from using excessive force in the future. They may see the consequences of police brutality and think carefully before acting in stressful situations.
- Increase public confidence in the police. When the public see officers who acted with excessive force being held accountable, they may be more trusting of officers who do not use excessive force. Everyone may be safer as a result.
- Protect the reputation and honor of the police force. Police officers should be proud of the important work that they do. When individuals who commit acts of police brutality are held accountable, the honor and reputation of the rest of the police department is protected.
For these reasons, we believe that holding individual officers accountable for police brutality shows our support for law enforcement officials rather than our distrust or disrespect for them.
Police Brutality Victims Deserve Justice
Police brutality cases not only protect the “good cops,” but they also protect the rights of the individual who was hurt. Our police brutality lawyers are committed to helping people who have been seriously hurt by the excessive force of a police officer. If you would like to learn more about your own rights, we invite you to contact us any time—24/7/365—via this website, by phone, or by text.
Can I report police brutality to the federal government?
You may be hesitant to report police brutality to the police department that employs the officer who hurt you. You may worry that a fair and accurate investigation won’t be done because the officer’s friends and colleagues will try to protect him.
Federal law protects you—and everyone in the United States—from police misconduct. Accordingly, the United States Department of Justice may be able to investigate your allegations of police brutality even if you were hurt by a local cop or an Illinois State Police Officer.
How to Report Police Brutality to the Department of Justice
The Department of Justice handles both criminal and civil cases. If you believe that the police violated a criminal law then you may file a complaint with the Department of Justice. You should send your complaint in writing to:
Civil Rights Division
U.S. Department of Justice
P.O. Box 66018
Washington, D.C. 20035-6018
If you believe that the police violated a civil law such as the Police Misconduct Statute or Title VI of the Civil Rights Act then you can send a written complaint to:
Coordination and Review Section
Civil Rights Division
U.S. Department of Justice
P.O. Box 66560
Washington, D.C. 20035-6560
Either type of complaint should include basic information about your claim including:
- Your name and contact information.
- The name of the officer and law enforcement agency involved in the incident.
- A detailed description of what happened.
- Contact information for anyone who may have witnessed what happened.
The Department of Justice May Investigate, But it Will Not Represent You in a Police Brutality Incident
The Department of Justice may advise you of your rights, but it will not act as your lawyer. You do, however, have the right to work with a police brutality attorney to make sure that all of your rights are protected and that you are seeking justice from all the appropriate sources.
We encourage you to contact our experienced Illinois police brutality lawyers if you’ve been hurt or if a loved one has been killed by police brutality. We would be happy to meet with you and to discuss your claim. To schedule a free, no-obligation consultation, please contact us today via this website, by phone, or by text.
What is police brutality?
Sometimes police officers have to use force to protect themselves or the public from harm. The law allows police officers to use reasonable force to arrest a suspect or to protect someone from getting hurt.
Unfortunately, some police officers abuse their power and position. Instead of acting with reasonable force they act with excessive force and hurt a member of the public.
The Use of Excessive Force Is Police Brutality
The difference between reasonable force and excessive force is dependent on the unique circumstances of the situation. When reviewing a police officer’s actions, it is important to consider things such as:
- What a reasonable police officer would have done in the same circumstances.
- Whether the suspect or member of the public was armed.
- Whether the police officer had reason to believe that he, a fellow officer, or a member of the public, was in physical danger.
These factors are considerably more important than any physical harm that is done by the police officer. Imagine, for example, that a police officer used deadly force and a person died as a result. If the officer reasonably believed that the person posed a serious physical threat to the public or the officer, then the officer may have used reasonable force even though the person died because of his actions. If, however, the person did not pose a serious physical threat and the police officer killed the person anyway, then the police officer may have used excessive force.
Examples of Police Brutality
Excessive force may involve a gun or a physical attack, but it doesn’t always. The following may be examples of police brutality:
- Violence or a physical attack
- Strip search
- Use of tasers or stun guns
Whether any one of these things is considered police brutality in a specific situation will depend on the specific circumstances of the situation.
Each Case of Police Brutality Is Unique—it Is Important to Talk to an Experienced Police Brutality Lawyer
Police brutality is against the law. If an officer has used excessive force, humiliated you, or otherwise acted in a way that was out of line given the situation and you have suffered an injury as a result, then you may have a police brutality case.
You can expect that the police department is going to fight back against your allegations of police brutality. Since each police brutality case is highly dependent on the unique facts of the situation that led to an injury, it is important to work with an experienced lawyer who can evaluate your claim and advise you of your legal rights.
Hupy and Abraham has secured the largest police brutality settlement in Wisconsin state history. We understand how to evaluate police brutality claims and how to fight for the rights of our clients.
If you would like to schedule a free, no-obligation consultation with us, please contact us today via this website, by text, or by phone. We would be happy to speak with you and to discuss whether you may have been the victim of police brutality.
What should I do if my child is hurt getting on or off an Iowa school bus?
The answer depends on how your child is hurt. If your child trips on her shoelaces or misses a step while texting, then making sure that your child sees the school nurse or her primary care doctor may be all that you need to do to protect your child’s recovery.
If Your Child Was Hurt by the Bus or Another Motor Vehicle Then the Steps You Take After the Bus Accident Should Be Different
Kadyn’s Law requires that all vehicles near a school bus are required to stop while the child safely exits or enters the bus. This includes not only the bus itself, but drivers around the bus that must abide by the school bus’s stop sign, stop arm, and flashing lights. If a driver failed to abide by this law and struck your child then it is important to:
- Make sure the police are notified. The bus driver or an eyewitness may make this call. However, if for some reason the police are not immediately notified then it is important for you to contact the police as soon as possible. There are criminal penalties for violating Kadyn’s Law and the police may do an investigation that is useful not only for criminal charges but also for any civil personal injury claim that you bring on behalf of your child.
- Get your child immediate medical care. Even if your child claims that he isn’t hurt, it is important for your child to see a doctor to make sure any injuries are promptly diagnosed and treated. Some injuries, such as concussions, may not have immediate symptoms.
- Take quick steps to make sure that all evidence is preserved. This may include video footage, pictures, and locating eyewitnesses.
Whether your child is a kindergartner or a high school senior, it can be devastating when your child is hurt getting on or off a school bus. Your child deserves to travel to school safely. If that didn’t happen because of a driver’s negligence then we encourage you to contact our experienced Iowa personal injury lawyers for a free, no-obligation consultation. We will review your child’s claim, determine who was legally responsible for the accident, and do everything that we can to help your child make a fair recovery. Contact us today via this website, by text, or by phone to learn more.
I was hurt in a pedestrian crash. Why do I need a lawyer?
It may be tempting to try to handle your pedestrian accident case on your own. You may think that it is an open and shut case and that hiring a lawyer may make the case more complicated and costlier. However, neither of these things is true.
Pedestrian Injury Cases Can Be Legally Complex
Even if you were the one who was hit by car or truck, you will still need to prove that the driver (or another party) was negligent and that the negligence caused your physical injuries. In other words, you will need to convince the insurance company or the court that the driver:
- Owed you a duty of care.
- Breached the duty of care by failing to act as a reasonable driver would in similar circumstances.
- Caused your injuries by breaching the duty of care.
Additionally, you will need to prove that you have a legal right to recover damage.
If you fail to prove just one of these things then you will fail at protecting your recovery.
Hiring a Pedestrian Accident Lawyer May Be a Smart Financial Move
You have one chance to settle your pedestrian accident claim. Once you agree to a settlement, the terms of the settlement will prevent you from seeking additional compensation later.
Additionally, insurance companies are more likely to take you seriously and to settle for a fair amount that truly compensates you for your past and future medical costs, lost income, out-of-pocket costs, physical pain, and emotional suffering when you are represented by counsel.
For these reasons, it is important to work with a personal injury lawyer. We invite you to contact us today for a free, no-obligation consultation. We would be happy to meet with you in one of our Illinois offices (Bloomington, Gurnee, or Rockford) or to come to you. If you decide to hire us and we take your case, then we won’t be paid an hourly fee. Instead, our compensation will come when your compensation comes, as a previously agreed upon percentage of your settlement. In the end, you may be able to recover more compensation with our help than you could on your own.
What should I do if I have suffered an IVC filter injury in Illinois?
In addition to getting the necessary medical care to treat your physical injury, you should take the necessary steps to protect your legal and financial recovery.
The First Step to Getting a Legal Recovery for an IVC Injury Is Understanding Your Legal Rights
Many medical devices, including IVC filters, have risks. You and your doctor weighed those risks before you consented to the medical procedure and decided that the potential health benefits of having an IVC filter implanted in your inferior vena cava vein outweighed the known risks. However, you still suffered a significant injury because the device:
- Moved or shifted within the inferior vena cava.
- Broke apart.
- Moved from the inferior vena cava to the heart or lungs.
- Cut the inferior vena cava.
Other people who have suffered injuries have alleged that IVC filter manufacturers:
- Negligently designed the filters.
- Failed to warn patients, doctors, and the public of the above risks which were known or should have been known to the device manufacturer.
As of June 2018, more than 8,000 lawsuits against IVC filter manufacturers such as C.R. Bard and Cook Medical were pending in multidistrict litigation (MDL).
You may have a claim for the negligent design of your IVC filter or negligent warning about your IVC filter if you suffered an injury.
The Next Step Is to Contact an Illinois IVC Injury Lawyer
It can be intimidating and difficult to seek a recovery from the pharmaceutical company on your own. An experienced medical device injury lawyer can make sure that all of your rights are protected.
Our lawyers know how to investigate your claim and take the necessary steps to protect your recovery. We can tell you more in a free consultation. We invite you to join us in one of our Illinois offices or, if it is easier, we will come to you. Please contact us online, call us at 800.800.5678, text, or email us today to learn more. You can also download a free copy of our report, IVC Filters: What You Need to Know About Them, to start learning about your rights today.
What should I do if I am permanently bald because of Taxotere?
You took Taxotere to treat breast cancer based on your doctor’s recommendation, but without all of the information that you needed to make an educated decision about whether this was the right drug to treat your cancer. While Taxotere has been approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) since 1996, the drug manufacturer did not warn patients (or doctors) in the United States about the potential risk of permanent baldness (alopecia) until December 2015.
You May Have a Legal Claim If You Suffered Permanent Baldness From Taxotere That You Took Prior to December 2015
Temporary hair loss is an expected side effect of cancer treatment—permanent baldness is not. As you well know, the effects of permanent baldness go well beyond cosmetic concerns. You may suffer significant psychological issues and financial consequences because of your baldness.
It is alleged that Sanofi-Aventis knew about the risk of alopecia before the warning was added to the drug label in the United States in December 2015. Since Sanofi-Aventis, the maker of Taxotere, failed to warn you of the risk that it knew about or should have known about, you may be able to join thousands of other women in multi-district litigation to pursue a recovery for your damages.
How to Pursue a Taxotere Alopecia Case
Sanofi-Aventis is going to aggressively defend itself against the injury claims brought by you and women like you. Accordingly, it is important to work with an experienced drug injury lawyer to make sure that your rights are protected. Your lawyer will make sure that your claim is appropriately filed before the deadline for filing passes, and will zealously advocate for your full and fair recovery.
The first bellwether Taxotere cases will go to trial in 2019 and 2020, according to a Case Management Order from the United States District Court filed in June 2018. Thus, there is still time to contact a lawyer and to take action.
We invite you to begin learning more about your legal options now by downloading a free copy of our report, Taxotere: What You Need to Know About It, and by reaching out to us online, by phone at 800.800.5678, text, or through this website at any time to schedule a free, no-obligation consultation.
What should I do if I’m hurt on a carnival ride?
It is often an exciting time when the carnival comes to town! Instead of traveling to an Iowa amusement park, you can enjoy rides at a fair, festival, or event close to home. These temporary traveling carnivals are set up relatively quickly and then taken down again to go to the next location. Accidents and injuries are possible, and it is important to know what to do to protect your rights if you’re hurt.
Are Carnival Rides Safe?
Mobile amusement parks are not subject to federal regulation. However, Iowa state regulations require that carnival operators have permits and that equipment be inspected each calendar year. Any death or injury that requires treatment beyond first aid should be reported to the state. Local laws or ordinances may also regulate carnival rides.
Despite these requirements, carnival ride accidents may still result in injuries. Some of the reasons for these injuries may include:
- Aging equipment.
- A workforce of temporary workers that do not have the necessary knowledge or experience to set up, use, or take down equipment safely.
- A workforce that has to work long hours and that may be fatigued when setting up, operating, or dismantling carnival equipment.
- Tight time constraints for setting up and taking down rides and carnival equipment.
Currently, the International Association for Amusement Parks and Attractions only collects information about injuries and deaths from permanent amusement parks. Carnivals and mobile amusement rides are not included. However, news reports indicate that injuries do occur. Those injuries may include, but are not limited to:
- Broken bones
- Brain injuries
- Spinal cord injuries
While we don’t know exactly how many people are hurt on carnival rides each year, we do know what you should do if you, or your child, is injured on an Iowa carnival ride.
Call an Iowa Personal Injury Lawyer After a Carnival Ride Accident
What started as a fun trip to the carnival can end with your life forever changed by a significant injury or the death of a loved one. This is an injury or death that may have occurred because the carnival owner or operator was negligent—it is an injury or death that should not have happened.
Our experienced personal injury lawyers will investigate the accident and hold the responsible parties accountable so that you can recover damages for your past and future medical expenses, lost income, out-of-pocket costs, physical pain, and emotional suffering. Contact us today to schedule a free consultation and to learn more about your rights.