Police misconduct has already hurt you. The damage can’t be undone. You may receive medical treatment for your injuries, but the physical and emotional pain that you’ve suffered can’t be erased. Therefore, you may wonder why you should bother pursuing a police brutality case.
One reason to pursue a police brutality case is to hold the officers accountable for the harm they caused you. A police brutality lawsuit allows you to call the officers out in a public way and to, hopefully, deter them and other officers from acting that way again in the future. This is an important reason to file a lawsuit, but it is not the only reason to pursue justice.
You May Also Recover Financial Compensation
Now is the time to look out for your interests. If you fail to take legal action, then you will likely remain solely responsible for all of your bills, lost income, and expenses that are related to the police brutality incident. However, if you pursue a police brutality lawsuit, then you may recover for your past, current, and future:
- Healthcare costs. All of your medical costs including hospitalizations, surgeries, medications, rehabilitation therapies, and doctors’ office visits should be included in your recovery.
- Lost income. If you are unable to work at all, if you are unable to work the same number of hours, or if you are unable to work the same job that you did prior to the police brutality incident, then you may recover for any wages, benefits, or income from self-employment that you couldn’t earn due to your injuries.
- Physical pain and emotional suffering. The physical pain and emotional suffering of a police brutality incident can be significant. While no dollar amount will ever fully compensate you for these losses, you should receive financial compensation for your these injuries.
- Out-of-pocket costs. Any other costs that you incurred because of the police brutality incident should be part of your recovery.
Additionally, you may be able to recover punitive damages. Punitive damages are meant to punish the police for wrongdoing, but they also have the practical effect of putting more money in your pocket.
Schedule a Free Consultation With an Iowa Police Brutality Lawyer to Learn More
Your potential recovery is a very important consideration when you are deciding whether or not to pursue a police brutality case, but it is not the only consideration. Before you decide whether or not to file a case against the police, please contact our experienced police brutality lawyers for a free and confidential consultation. Let’s review all of the facts of your case, the pros and cons of filing a case, and how we can help you. Call us or start a live chat with us today to learn more.