Steps To Take if You Have Been Attacked in Jail

Prisoners have rights, and the personal injury team at Whetstone Perkins & Fulda is dedicated to protecting them. If you have been attacked by a prison official or another inmate, you should take steps to hold the facility accountable and prevent other inmates from getting hurt.

File a Grievance

A grievance is a complaint or protest of unfair treatment. All prisons and jails are required to have a formal prisoner grievance system that allows inmates to submit complaints or concerns to the prison administration. This process typically involves strict deadlines, so you should file a grievance as soon as possible. Moreover, you should appeal your grievance to ensure the prison addresses your case sooner rather than later.

If you fear you are in immediate danger, you should tell a staff member you trust. This could be a mental health worker, teacher, or member of the security team. Once you are safe, you may consider seeking legal recourse for the harm you have experienced.

Establish an Eighth Amendment Violation

The Eighth Amendment states, “Excessive bail shall not be required, nor excessive fines imposed, nor cruel and unusual punishments inflicted.” For this reason, prison officials are barred from using excessive force toward prisoners and must protect prisoners from assault by other inmates.

A prison official attacking an inmate in jail is a violation of the inmate’s Eighth Amendment rights. To determine whether the official is legally liable, lawyers and judges will evaluate the prison staff’s actions as well as the inmate’s injuries, which must be significant enough to be viewed as a product of excessive force.

Prisons are also responsible for maintaining living conditions or practices that provide a safe environment for prisoners. If one inmate attacks another, prison officials could also be violating the Eighth Amendment. For a prison to be liable, you must show prison officials did not respond or act reasonably when you brought a threat of danger to their attention.

Get in Touch With an Injury Attorney When You Are Attacked in Jail

After filing a grievance and doing everything you can to get yourself out of immediate danger, contact an experienced personal injury lawyer. A skilled legal professional at Whetstone Perkins & Fulda could explain your rights and review your case to determine your next steps after a jail injury. Call today to learn more.

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