Civil Rights – Police Brutality Lawyer
Did you suffer abuse at the hands of a law enforcement officer in the City of Fort Worth?
Contact Stephens Law Firm immediately to discuss your legal rights and options.
You may be entitled to a sizable financial award, and attorney Jason Stephens can help you fight to get all of the money you deserve.
Contact Stephens Law Firm, PLLC to arrange your free initial case evaluation today to learn more.
How a Fort Worth Civil Rights Attorney Can Help You Pursue Compensation
Stephens Law Firm, PLLC has consistently stood up for the residents of Fort Worth when they need it most. Jason Stephens is a Fort Worth personal injury lawyer who has helped countless clients fight for and recover the compensation they deserve.
If you’ve suffered an injury at the hands of an abusive police officer, he’ll stand by your side and help you fight for every last dollar you deserve.
When you ask Jason Stephens to assist you with your civil rights lawsuit, he will:
- Listen to you and provide the support and guidance you need during this difficult time
- Evaluate your case and devise a legal strategy to help you walk away with much-needed compensation
- Conduct an exhaustive investigation into the circumstances surrounding the violation of your civil rights
- Gather evidence to prove that you were assaulted and/or otherwise harmed by a member of the Fort Worth police department or another law enforcement agency
- Work closely with experts – including former police officers, government agents, medical doctors, forensic specialists – and more – every step of the way
- Handle the administrative aspects of your case, including all court filings and motions
- Negotiate with the city and/or state on your behalf
Jason Stephens’ reputation as a successful trial attorney is well known in Fort Worth. That can be a huge asset to you. The government will likely want to avoid a showdown with him in front of a jury. So, that means that you might be able to expect a huge settlement offer to end your case before it can reach the trial stage.
Is Police Brutality a Problem in Fort Worth, TX?
On October 12, 2019, Atatiana Jefferson was shot and killed inside of her home in Fort Worth, TX. The 28-year-old was babysitting her nephew at the time. This police shooting not only rocked Fort Worth – but also the nation. Sadly, it’s just one of many instances of police brutality in the city.
Statistics reveal that, between 2013 and 2019, there were 32 deadly police shootings in Fort Worth. Those are just incidents of police brutality that are fatal. Countless more individuals suffer other abuses – emotional and physical – at the hands of the police every day.
If you’ve been the victim of police brutality in Fort Worth – or if a loved one has died at the hands of a FWPD officer – Stephens Law Firm, PLLC can help. Call to arrange a free consultation to learn more today.
Civil Rights Violations – Understanding the Law
The Constitution of the United States grants every American specific protections that allow them to exist without undue interference from the government and law enforcement officers.
Under federal law, if the authorities violate an individual’s rights, that person may file a lawsuit to recover damages. This ability is codified in 42 U.S.C. § 1983, which states that:
“Every person who, under color of any statute, ordinance, regulation, custom, or usage, of any State or Territory or the District of Columbia, subjects, or causes to be subjected, any citizen of the United States or other person within the jurisdiction thereof to the deprivation of any rights, privileges, or immunities secured by the Constitution and laws, shall be liable to the party injured in an action at law, suit in equity, or other proper proceeding for redress.”
In 1975, the Supreme Court of the United States outlined a four-part test that can determine whether an individual has a valid claim under this statute. Typically, a person can move forward with a lawsuit if:
- They are a member of the class for whose benefit the government enacted the statute
- There is evidence of intent to confer a private remedy
- There is some consistency between the right to file suit and the Congress’ statutory intent
- Their claim involves a cause of action that the federal government does not ordinarily leave to the states
Stephens Law Firm, PLLC, is well-versed in all aspects of state and federal civil rights law. So, if you recently became a victim of police misconduct, please do not hesitate to give the firm a call or send a message online. Your first consultation, as always, is 100 percent free.
Common Civil Rights Violations in Fort Worth, Texas
Civil rights violations happen with a frightening degree of regularity in the City of Fort Worth, and throughout the state of Texas. Some of the most common types of infractions seen in the Lonestar State include:
- Use of excessive force
- Illegal search and seizure
- Planting of evidence
- False arrest
- Sexual assault
- Racial profiling
Attorney Jason Stephens believes that police departments and city governments should be held accountable for these types of rights violations. So, if a law enforcement officer recently racially profiled or assaulted you, please do not hesitate to call for help. He has years of experience in the industry and would love to help you fight for the compensation you deserve.
Injuries Caused by Police Brutality in Fort Worth, Texas
Police officers can, and do, inflict severe and catastrophic injuries when they engage in excessive force. Stephens Law Firm, PLLC will help you demand compensation for all of your injuries, including:
- Broken bones and fractures
- Brain injury
- Neck injury
- Back injury
- Eye injury
- Bruising and soft tissue injury
- Spinal cord injury
- Wrongful death
Your first consultation is free. Contact Jason Stephens and his compassionate support staff to schedule yours today.
Damages Available to the Victims of Police Brutality in Fort Worth
The amount of compensation awarded out to victims in cases involving police brutality and other civil rights violations depend on a range of factors, including:
- The victim’s past and future medical expenses
- The impact the violation will have on the victim’s quality of life
- The effect the violation will have on the victim’s career
- The mental anguish the victim experienced because of the violation
When Jason Stephens represents the victims of police brutality, he’ll demand damages for:
- Medical bills
- Rehabilitative care costs
- Lost wages
- Loss of future earning capacity
- Pain and suffering
- Mental anguish
- Loss of enjoyment of life
When civil rights violations cause someone to lose their life, he can also help family members pursue damages for their burial expenses and their loss of consortium.
Statute of Limitations for Texas Police Brutality Lawsuits
Texas law limits the amount of time a victim of police brutality has to file a lawsuit. Generally speaking, lawsuits based on assault or battery must be filed within two years of the date of the incident.
However, keep in mind that police officers are government actors who are typically immune from tort liability. So, claims involving the police are subject to special rules. Under the Texas Tort Claims Act, you will have as little as 45 days to file a claim with the government and request compensation. If your claim is ignored or denied, you will then have up to two years from the date of your injury to file a civil police brutality lawsuit.
Don’t wait too long to assert your rights and demand compensation. You could miss out on valuable compensation if you do. So, please give Stephens Law Firm a call and set up a free consultation in Fort Worth, TX, today.
A Fort Worth Civil Rights – Police Brutality Lawyer You Can Count On
When the people of Fort Worth need a lawyer to stand up and help them fight for compensation after a law enforcement officer violates their civil rights, they know they can rely on Stephens Law Firm, PLLC
Jason Stephens has a detailed understanding of state and federal law that allows him to handle even the most complex cases with the care they deserve. If you would like to have Jason go to battle for you, all you have to do is pick up the phone and give him a call.