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Prison Injury Attorneys in New York

The Jacob D. Fuchsberg Law Firm represents inmates who are attacked, assaulted, abused, or seriously injured while in state or federal custody, whether in jail or prison. With over 30 years of experience, our team of personal injury lawyers for prisoners will help you pursue the justice and compensation you deserve.

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Our Notable Prison Trauma Settlement

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Life threatening neck trauma

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Settlement recovered on behalf of a 21-year-old man who developed stage 4 Hodgkin’s lymphoma cancer due to delayed care in prison

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Settlement recovered on behalf of 29-year-old who was attacked by inmates who poured boiling water on him while he was sleeping

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Protecting Injured Prisoners’ Rights in New York for 30+ Years

Protecting Injured Prisoners’ Rights in New York for 30+ Years

Although prisoners do not have full constitutional rights while incarcerated, they are still entitled to basic civil rights and protection from cruel and unusual punishment. The Eighth Amendment mandates that inmates maintain the right to access proper medical treatment, mental health care, and disability accommodations while imprisoned. Furthermore, prisons are obligated to protect inmates from correctional officer abuse, excessive use of force, prisoner abuse, physical or medical injuries, and sexual assault. 

Unfortunately, these rights are violated all too often. Specifically, the Federal Bureau of Prisons has received national scrutiny for its role in subjecting inmates to unsafe conditions, unjustly putting their health and safety at risk.

If you or a family member has been attacked, assaulted, subjected to abuse, or otherwise injured while in jail, speak with a New York personal injury lawyer for inmates today.

The Jacob D. Fuchsberg Law Firm represents incarcerated clients who have experienced physical or emotional trauma. Our New York jail injury lawyers will help you stand up for your rights.

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Defending Your Rights with a Prisoners’ Rights Attorney

If you have sustained a serious injury while in a prison facility, suffered worsening symptoms due to denial of medical care, or lost a loved one who was serving time in prison due to anything but natural causes, it is in your best interests to seek help from a prison injury lawyer. They can help you or your family member seek compensation for losses resulting from the injury, including medical treatment, loss of wages, and pain and suffering.

The state may be liable for paying for your personal injury claim if you and your attorney can prove negligence and deliberate indifference on the part of the staff or prison guards. However, keep in mind that the Prison Litigation Reform Act (PLRA) requires prisoners to exhaust prison administrative remedies before filing a lawsuit. This means that you must first attempt to resolve your complaint through the correctional facility’s grievance procedure and pursue all administrative appeals before taking legal action.

Common Injuries Sustained by Prisoners

Common Injuries Sustained by Prisoners

Incarceration exposes individuals to various risks that can profoundly affect their physical and mental well-being, including:

  • Physical assault
  • Sexual abuse
  • Medical neglect
  • Psychological strain
  • Unsafe environments
  • Inadequate supervision
  • Excessive use of force

Understanding these risks is essential for advocating for prisoner rights and addressing systemic issues within correctional facilities. 

Included below are some common injuries sustained by prisoners, ranging from fractures and bruises to psychological trauma to even wrongful death.

Head Trauma

Serious head injuries can occur from assaults, falls, or other accidents within the prison environment.

Internal Injuries

Inmates can develop internal injuries — such as organ damage or internal bleeding — due to severe physical assaults or excessive force.

Severe Burns

Inmates may suffer burns from accidents or deliberate acts when they come into contact with hot surfaces or substances.

Untreated Infections

Untreated Infections

Inmates may suffer infections due to negligence in the facility providing timely medical care, leading to severe complications like sepsis.

Failure to Diagnose Serious Conditions

Medical staff may fail to properly diagnose serious health conditions, resulting in delayed treatment or worsening of the condition.

Wrongful Death

Wrongful death is a tragic outcome within correctional facilities, often resulting from factors like medical neglect, inadequate supervision, or violence.

How Do You Prove a Prison Injury Claim?

It may be challenging to report abuse and gather evidence when you’re incarcerated. However, our attorneys will help you obtain photographic or video evidence, witness statements, and medical records to ensure you receive the best representation possible.

Some of New York’s Correctional Facilities that We Work With

Adirondack Correctional Facility Albion Correctional Facility Altona Correctional Facility Attica Correctional Facility Bare Hill Correctional Facility
Bedford Hills Correctional Facility Cape Vincent Correctional Facility Cayuga Correctional Facility Clinton Correctional Facility Coxsackie Correctional Facility
Elmira Correctional Facility Fishkill Correctional Facility Five Points Correctional Facility Franklin Correctional Facility Gouverneur Correctional Facility
Hudson Correctional Facility Lakeview Shock Incarceration Correctional Facility Marcy Correctional Facility Mid-State Correctional Facility Mohawk Correctional Facility
Otisville Correctional Facility Orleans Correctional Facility Queensboro Correctional Facility Rikers Island Correctional Facility Riverview Correctional Facility
Shawangunk Correctional Facility Sing Sing Correctional Facility Sullivan Correctional Facility Taconic Correctional Facility Ulster Correctional Facility
Upstate Correctional Facility Vernon C. Bain Correctional Center Wallkill Correctional Facility Washington Correctional Facility Wende Correctional Facility
Woodbourne Correctional Facility Wyoming Correctional Facility


Our Clients’ Reviews


I cannot rate the firm any higher! we are extremely happy with the service we received from Brad, Chris and the team. We are northern Irish citizens and as such had no experience of the US justice system, Chris and Brad helped us navigate this and made sure we understood every step of the process and we were kept informed of what would happen with the case.

We also felt that Brad and Chris had a genuine interest in our story, what the implications for us as a family were and they were genuinely invested in how they could help our situation.

We were reassured by the manor in which Chris and Brad dealt with us and trusted that the advice we were given was always well balanced and in our best interests. We were extremely happy with the outcome the firm achieved for us and feel that we only got this outcome due to the hard work of Chris and Brad. I would not hesitate to recommend the firm to anyone who is considering a case and wants to feel as though they are really valued as a client.

Many thanks to the firm for all of their hard work on our behalf it truly is appreciated.

Leanne Montgomery




Let’s go to the beginning when I realize that I was going to need legal assistance because I was shocked that I was actually injured I called my fiancé and told her that I was going to need a lawyer, so she googled the top 5  personal injury law firms in NY and The Jacob Fuchsberg Law Firm came up. One of the representatives from the firm took the time to come personally to my home to see me, that immediately showed me that I was going to be able to make it through my pain and suffering they understood what I was going through and with patience, persistence, and diligence they were able to get the best results possible in settling my case. I highly recommend the Jacob Fuchsberg Law firm when the unexpected happens you will not be dissatisfied with the kind, courteous and professionalism that you would expect from a law firm.

Keith Middleton




Very satisfied with the representation I was given from this law firm.  I would recommend Fuchsberg to anyone with a unique situation such as mine. My attorney went above and beyond to ensure everything was done thoroughly and in a timely manner! Everything about this firm exceeded my expectations! Very special thank you to Chris,  Allison, and Brad!

Marie Price



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Contact Our Prison Injury Lawyers for a Free Consultation

If you or a loved one has sustained an injury while in jail, contact the Jacob D. Fuchsberg Law Firm today for a free, strictly confidential consultation. If we represent you in a civil lawsuit, there are no legal fees unless you are awarded compensation for your damages and losses.

With over 30 years of experience representing incarcerated clients, our team will give your case the attention it deserves. Let our family help yours.

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Frequently Asked Questions

How much time do I have to file a prison injury claim?

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In New York State, personal injury cases generally have a two- to three-year statute of limitations, although the timeframe may vary depending on the responsible party and the injury.

  • Wrongful death: Two years from the death.
  • Medical malpractice: Two years and six months from the date of malpractice or the end of continuous treatment.
  • Negligence resulting in personal injury: Three years from the date of the accident.
  • Rape: No time limit.

Again, the timeline for your specific case might vary, so it’s crucial to have the assistance of a prisoners’ rights attorney.

What if I’m afraid of retaliation for reporting my injury?

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We understand that the fear of retaliation is a common concern for incarcerated individuals. But you can rest assured that our attorneys prioritize your safety and will work discreetly to protect your rights while advocating for justice.

Can I still pursue a legal case if my injury occurred some time ago?

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Yes, you may still have legal options even if some time has passed since your injury. It’s crucial to consult with our attorneys to discuss the specifics of your case and determine the best course of action.