Death in Custody

Cleveland Death in Police Custody Lawyers

Experienced Representation in Civil Rights Lawsuits

When an inmate dies while in custody due to excessive force, or when an inmate is denied healthcare that they are entitled to receive, the death may be a civil rights violation. The surviving family members of the prisoner may be able to take legal action to recover compensation. Our Cleveland death in police custody attorneys at Spangenberg Shibley & Liber LLP can help you find out more about your rights and options in regards to a wrongful death case.

The Rights of Inmates

Prisoners have certain legal rights when they are in custody, regardless of whether they have been arrested, have been convicted, or are being held pending trial. Law enforcement officials — including police and prison guards — have certain responsibilities to prisoners to protect their legal rights.

Contact us for a free consultation if a loved one has died or been injured while in police custody. An experienced Cleveland death in police custody attorney at Spangenberg Shibley & Liber LLP is ready to review your case at no cost to you. Call (216) 600-0114 today!

At our firm, we provide focused, results-oriented representation to victims throughout Ohio who have lost a loved one while that individual was in custody. For 70 years, we have served as tireless advocates for people who have been denied their civil rights while in custody.

We feel that it is in our clients’ best interests to negotiate a fair settlement, rather than subject them to a lengthy court battle. If the defendant is not willing to negotiate fairly, however, our lawyers are fully prepared to litigate the matter before a judge or jury.

What Remedies Are Available?

Examples of situations where family members may be able to sue include:

  • When a prisoner was killed as a result of excessive force by prison guards
  • When a prisoner was killed as a result of a prison attack that they were not protected from despite threats of violence
  • When a prisoner was not provided with adequate healthcare for a medical condition and died as a result of a medical problem that might otherwise have been treatable
  • When a prisoner is subjected to excessive or unreasonable uses of force, including, for example, the use of Tasers, pepper spray, or restraint

In these and many other situations, corrections officers and other law enforcement workers may have failed to live up to the obligations that they have to people in custody. The family members of those who are killed could potentially pursue a wrongful death claim in state court, depending on whether the deceased victim was in a federal or a state prison.

However, family members may also have a civil rights claim, which they may be able to bring in a federal court under 42 U.S.C. § 1983. An experienced attorney at Spangenberg Shibley & Liber LLP can explain why civil rights cases may be the best type of legal action to pursue when someone has been killed in police custody or while in prison.

Call Our Attorneys Now for Tough Advocacy

We have extensive experience pursuing wrongful death and Section 1983 cases after deaths in custody. We handle cases involving deaths in custody throughout Ohio on a contingency basis, so you can rest assured that we are prepared to move forward without charging you any attorneys' fees until your case has been resolved. Spangenberg Shibley & Liber LLP is here and ready to help you to pursue your claim.

Call us at (216) 600-0114 or contact us online today to learn more about how we can assist with your case.

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