When Your Civil Rights Have Been Abused: Get the Right Civil Rights Attorney Working for You Now

Sometimes police officers and other officials step over the line. They violate the civil rights of suspects, jail and prison inmates, and ordinary citizens.

Most communities are proud of their police departments. Sheriff’s offices, prisons, and police departments have a tough job to do, and they usually serve the community well.

If you have been injured or a loved one has died as a result of police brutality, prison guard abuse, failure to receive medical treatment while in jail or prison, or another civil rights violation, contact us immediately.

You need an experienced civil rights lawyer working for you now.

 

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Fighting for Civil Rights Since 1965

Based in Philadelphia, Gay & Chacker attorneys have decades of experience in civil rights and criminal defense. Our managing partner Ed Chacker has been recognized for his many years of work in helping to ensure equal justice and civil rights for everyone, regardless of race, background, orientation or beliefs.

If you have been the victim of any of the following civil rights violations, we will work hard to get you justice and fair compensation. We have handled cases that have involved:

  • Use of excessive force by law enforcement
  • False arrest and malicious criminal prosecution
  • Cruel and unusual punishment
  • Unreasonable searches and seizures
  • Discrimination based on race, age, sex, religion, or disability
  • Denial of due process in any criminal proceeding
  • Failure to allow a criminal defendant to consult with an attorney
  • Illegal strip search
  • Prison guard abuse
  • Prisoner mistreatment
  • Police brutality
  • Abuse of arrest powers
  • Failure to provide appropriate medical treatment while incarcerated

Representative Cases

We speak with individuals, and family members who have questions about possible civil rights claims regularly. A few representative cases the civil rights attorneys at Gay & Chacker include:

A case where police officers used unnecessary force. In this case, our client, a 37 year old male who was stopped by uniformed police officers who were suspicious of the plaintiff dealing narcotics. Defendants continuously punched and kicked the plaintiff in the head. As a result of this brutal attack, the plaintiff’s left eye had to be surgically removed and continues to have blurred vision in the right eye. There was no offer made. The jury awarded the plaintiff $900,000.00

In a separate case, our firm represented a man assaulted by two Philadelphia police officers, causing him to suffer physical injuries, pain and suffering, and emotional distress. He was awarded $82,500.

Our firm was also reached a verdict of $11.9M for Family of Suicide Victim. In this case, a federal jury ordered a health care provider to pay $11.9 million to the family of a man who committed suicide as an inmate in Monroe County Correctional Facility. The personal injury lawsuit claimed that medical staff failed to evaluate the inmate’s risk for suicide and need for antidepressants. Our client, the man’s wife, had sought $800,000 to settle before trial but was rejected by the defendants. Gay & Chacker obtained a verdict nearly 15 times the initial settlement demand. The $11.9 million award included $8 million in punitive damages, which was reversed by judgment notwithstanding verdict (JNOV). We appealed this decision to the Third Circuit, which reversed the District Court Judge’s decision, ordering the defendant to pay the $8 million and denying the defendant’s order for a new trial.

Common Questions

The freedoms granted to you shouldn’t be violated, but if they are, a civil rights lawyer can help put things right. If you think you have a civil rights case, you might want to read more about what to expect from a lawyer:

How Do I Know If I Need a Civil Rights Lawyer?

You may want to meet with a civil rights lawyer if you or a loved one suffered an injury as a result of a violation of your civil rights. A civil rights lawyer can help you if you’ve been mistreated based on characteristics such as race, religion, gender or disability. Some common cases of civil rights violations include:

  • Abuse by a public official, including Prison guard abuse
  • Use of excessive force by law enforcement
  • False arrest and malicious criminal prosecution
  • Cruel and unusual punishment
  • Unreasonable searches and seizures
  • Discrimination based on race, age, sex, religion, or disability
  • Failure to allow a criminal defendant to consult with an attorney
  • Prisoner mistreatment
  • Failure to provide appropriate medical treatment while incarcerated

Civil rights laws are complicated. If you think you have been discriminated against, it’s a good idea to consult with a civil rights attorney to figure out your next steps.

How Much Does Hiring a Civil Rights Lawyer Cost?

Our initial consultation with you is free. You can speak with our Philadelphia-based civil rights attorneys, whether by phone, video consultation or in person. After that, the only legal fees we receive are paid once your case or claim is settled. We only take a minimal percentage of the financial compensation you receive. If we are not successful for whatever reason in recovering losses for you, we do not charge you anything, at any point. We will also not charge you while your claim or lawsuit is being processed. If we need to hire technical or medical experts to verify the information and strengthen your claim, we will pay those costs out of our own pocket. Whatever time and expenses your case requires, we will take on, without charging you. That is part of our commitment to you.

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Claim the Compensation You Have a Right to

If you have been injured by a police officer, prison guard, or other law enforcement official, you may have a right to compensation for your injuries. If you have been arrested or charged with a crime, our criminal defense attorneys will go to work to protect your rights and interests.

Contact us now to learn more about how we can help in a civil rights case. There is no risk or obligation. We charge you no legal fees unless we recover money damages for you. Contact us today at 800-529-4030 for a free consultation with an experienced and concerned civil rights lawyer.