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Can You File a Personal Injury Claim Against Law Enforcement?
Law enforcement officers of all ranks are given a great deal of discretion when it comes to managing situations. The goal is always to protect the safety of everyone around them, including any suspected criminals. Unfortunately, sometimes suspects and bystanders are injured in law enforcement activities.
In such cases, you may be able to pursue a personal injury claim against the person(s) who caused your injuries. Consider the following:
- Use of Force – Law enforcement officers should only use enough force to maintain control. Excessive or inappropriate use of force that causes injury could be grounds for a personal injury claim. Most law enforcement officers have immunity from lawsuits, but this is not absolute.
- Lethal Force – If an officer acts outside of jurisdictional regulations when using lethal force, he or she may be sued via a wrongful death claim.
- Negligence – If an officer is negligent and causes harm to someone, such as in an auto accident, he or she can be sued in civil court.
Filing a lawsuit against law enforcement is complicated. Contact Century Park Law Group to get the help you need for a successful claim.