If you or someone you love has been shot by police or has died as the result of a police shooting, you’re not alone. Sadly, many people in the United States are harmed by police activity. It’s important that you and your family understand the laws that protect you from violence by those sworn to serve and protect your community.
When a police shooting occurs, often, tensions are heightened in the community. This can mean that it’s hard to decide what to do next after you or a loved one has been shot at by the police. You may fear repercussions from your employer or from other community members, even if the police officer involved in the shooting was not justified in using deadly force.
Sometimes, police shootings are justified, but often they are not. When an officer has not been trained on how to properly use his firearm, he or she may shoot when deadly force is not warranted. This can happen because an officer has not received the proper treatment for previous dangerous situations and reacts inappropriately, or because the officer never received proper training for their career path. Importantly, just because an investigating agency has “cleared” the officer or determined that the shooting was justified, it does rule out civil liability for the officer and/or the officer’s employer. The investigating agency is typically looking at whether the officer’s actions provide probable cause for a criminal charge against the officer, which is a different and higher standard than the standard necessary to provide civil liability.
There are many things that can happen after a police shooting. If you or a loved one are shot at by police, it’s likely that you’ll deal with psychological and emotional ramifications for weeks, months, or even years following the shooting. You may need mental health treatment to move forward with your life after the incident.
It’s also likely that you or your loved one will need medical treatment after a police shooting incident. You may have lasting medical problems or could become disabled due to your wounds caused by the shooting. Treatment of your injury may not stop after you’re released from the hospital. You may need physical therapy, medication, follow-up appointments, or other treatment that can result in costly medical bills.
Of course, some people horrifically die at the hands of those in power. If your loved one has passed away as the result of a police shooting, there is no amount of money that can take their place. That being said, medical bills from the efforts made to save them as well as funeral expenses can add up quickly, adding to your family’s stress.
If you or a loved one have experienced a police shooting, you don’t have to try to figure out the next steps on your own. Our team has the experience you need to get the compensation you deserve following a police shooting. We know that you likely have questions on whether you have a case and how to move forward, and we’re here to help. Reach out to us today to schedule a consultation with one of the qualified members of our team.
You deserve to move forward after a police shooting. Don’t wait another minute to reach out and get the help you need to get your life back.
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