Prison can be a very dangerous place. Many people fear being beaten up, and unfortunately, that is not an unfounded fear. Every year many people are seriously injured while being detained. When locked up with angry and hostile individuals, it is likely that altercations will occur.
However, it is the federal government’s responsibility to ensure that prisoners are treated in a safe manner. The guards are supposed to do all they can to keep prisoners away from danger. Therefore, if a fellow inmate injures you, the government can be held liable.
Under the Federal Tort Claims Act (FTCA), federal prisoners are able to sue the government for injuries they sustained. Additionally, many states have similar legislation pertaining to their state prisons. The FTCA bypasses traditional government immunity by allowing courts to assess penalties when a reasonable standard of care is not met.
States have a reasonable standard of care statute which prisons are required to meet. In this statute, each state outlines the specific criteria.
If you have suffered injuries during a stay in prison, you may be eligible to receive compensation for your injuries. An experienced lawyer will be able to help you navigate the system to make sure your rights are protected. Because there is a time limitation on personal injury lawsuits, it is important to not delay action. Contact the Wausau personal injury lawyers of Habush Habush & Rottier S.C. ® by calling 800-242-2874 to schedule a free consultation to discuss your case.