Philadelphia Excessive Force Attorney
Excessive force by the police remains a problem throughout the United States. While law enforcement officers have challenging jobs, they must perform their duties with respect for citizens’ individual rights. When excessive force is used, victims can potentially be compensated.
If you or a loved one has been victimized by a law enforcement officer, the Philadelphia excessive force attorneys at Rosenbaum & Associates may be able to help. Call (215) 569-0200 or request a free consultation online today.
Why Choose Our Philadelphia Excessive Force Attorney?
- We have fought for injury victims in Pennsylvania for over 25 years.
- We have helped our clients recover millions of dollars in compensation.
- We will dedicate the time and attention your case requires to be successful.
How a Philadelphia Excessive Force Lawyer Can Help
An excessive force attorney in Philadelphia understands the laws surrounding police brutality and excessive force cases, as well as what it takes to win. Having an experienced legal team on your side will be invaluable to your case’s success, as they will evaluate your legal options, investigate and collect evidence, determine your claim’s worth and fight for justice while you focus on recovering.
Examples of Excessive Force
Police officers are required to use the minimum amount of force necessary to perform their duties, such as placing someone under arrest, searching them or their property, or otherwise interacting with a suspect. With that in mind, here are a few examples of excessive force:
- Unnecessary use of violence when a suspect poses no threat to the officer or the public
- Escalation, or failure to use verbal commands and resorting immediately to physical force
- Unnecessary use of tasers, stun guns, batons, or firearms
- Illegal choke holds and other uses of force against a suspect
- The use of unnecessary or excessive restraints on a suspect, which may cause injury
- Hurting a suspect while they are physically restrained
- Unwarranted strip searches performed on a suspect
Actions like these can be a violation of a suspect’s constitutional rights, as well as state and federal law. All suspects, even those believed to have committed a serious crime, are entitled to be treated without the use of excessive force.
Available Types of Damages
Each case of excessive force is different, but as a victim, you may be eligible for the following compensation:
Any medical bills for injuries or psychological conditions caused by the use of excessive force, such as hospitalizations, physical therapy, rehabilitation, prescription drugs, counseling, etc.
Loss of Income
Any lost wages for the time missed from work while you recover and that will be lost in the future.
Diminished Earning Capacity
The difference in income if the injuries you have suffered make it impossible to return to your previous job.
Pain and Suffering
Compensation for the physical pain and suffering you have and will endure, as well as any emotional distress (e.g., depression, anxiety, insomnia, terror, PTSD, etc.)
Awarded in cases involving extremely reckless or malicious conduct and is meant to punish the defendant (at-fault party).
Wrongful Death Damages
If a loved one loses their life due to excessive force, surviving family members have the right to pursue compensation.
Contact Us Today
When you or a loved one has suffered excessive force or police brutality, you have the right to hold the wrongful party accountable. Discuss your legal options in a free consultation with a skilled and trusted Philadelphia excessive force lawyer. Call (215) 569-0200 or contact us today via our online contact form.