Prisoners do not lose all of their rights when they enter the system. For example, a guard cannot verbally, physically, or sexually harass a prisoner, and the staff must provide prompt and appropriate medical care when needed. Unfortunately, we have handled many cases where prisoner’s rights have been ignored and violated by jail officials and they have suffered unnecessary physical or emotional trauma, mental health problems or even death.
If you have sustained a serious, permanent injury in prison, suffered worsening symptoms due to denial of medical care, or lost a loved one serving time in prison due to anything but natural causes, it is in your best interest to seek help from a personal injury lawyer for prisoners. The state may be liable for paying your personal injury claim if you and your attorney can prove negligence and deliberate indifference on the part of the staff or prison officials. This can include anything from refusing to provide needed medicines to injuries sustained from being in the vicinity of another prisoner known to have violent outbursts.
Recent headlines have captured the frightening and dangerous conditions in our prisons. Many inmates are subjected to improper treatment by staff, have been denied necessary care or medical treatment, and have suffered harm as a result of unsupervised interactions with fellow prisoners.
If you or a family member were attacked, assaulted, subjected to abuse, or otherwise seriously injured while incarcerated — or if your medical needs were not attended to — talk to the New York civil rights attorneys and prisoner’s injury lawyers at the Jacob Fuchsberg Law Firm. We can help you understand your rights and help you seek recourse.
Unfortunately, prison assaults and medical neglect are an ongoing problem in New York prisons and jails. Attorney Alan L. Fuchsberg has more than 30 years of experience representing injured people and their families. He is passionate about protecting the rights of prisoners, exposing harmful misconduct, and holding wrongdoers accountable for their actions.
Although prisoners waive many of their rights by virtue of being imprisoned, there are some constitutional rights that everyone is guaranteed. Namely, prisoners are protected from cruel and unusual punishment by the 8th Amendment.