The police are supposed to protect and serve the people—that’s something we’ve all heard plenty of times in our lives, right? But that’s not always how things work out. You may have been minding your own business when you were accused of a crime, or you may have been mistaken for someone else. A police officer injured you, and now you’re suffering physical, financial, and emotional losses.
You can sue when the police wrong you. Check out the following steps and talk to a personal injury lawyer or civil rights lawyer, depending on the details of your claim.
Get Medical Attention and Records
When you’re hurt by a police officer, you may need to gather as much evidence of the wrongdoing as possible. It’s your word against theirs, which could hurt you if you don’t have enough evidence for your claim.
First, head to the hospital as soon as possible after your injury. Your doctor can treat the injury, and they can provide records of the injury, including pictures and their own testimony against the police officer.
If you can, you or your personal injury lawyer may also need to seek out footage of your encounter with the police. Many bystanders now take care to film interactions and arrests with the police, helping to deter wrongdoing. Because of this, your injuries may have been caught on camera.
File Your Paperwork for a Lawsuit
Your next step is to file a claim against the police officer who harmed you. They’re liable for the suffering you or your family has been through. You and your lawyer can prepare to get you the maximum compensation for your claim.
When suing a police officer, keep in mind that you’ll need to prove a few things about the police officer. You’ll need to show the cop was acting in an extreme or dangerous way. Or you’ll need to prove the police officer intentionally hurt you in a way that was needless.
For example, let’s say you’re filing a wrongful death lawsuit against the police. One of your loved one who was killed when a police officer shot them without cause. Your claim may focus on the fact that the police officer was reckless, the officer’s actions weren’t comparable to the crime your loved one was accused of, and your family suffered because of the officer’s actions.
Protecting Yourself When a Police Officer Is Violent
As more news stories detail police violence and brutality against many civilians, some people are asking what they can do to protect themselves. Some people, though, are worried about their current injuries and losses. How are you going to pay for the suffering you’ve been through?
If you’ve been hurt by a police officer, reach out for help getting compensated for your injuries. Your lawyer can help you get compensated, so the officer doesn’t get away with committing police brutality against you.