Every citizen is endowed with certain inalienable rights under our Constitution. When those rights are violated, a cause of action may exist for actual damages, nominal damages, punitive damages, and attorney’s fees.
Some examples of Civil Rights cases include employment discrimination cases under Title VII, excessive force cases, and cases involving the deprivation of medical care for serious medical needs. If a loved one is a detainee in a jail or incarcerated in Prison, the Constitution still protects him from violations of his due process rights and from being subjected to cruel and unusual punishment.
In the context of medical care, one must prove that a state actor was deliberately indifferent to a serious medical need. This is a higher standard than negligence or even gross negligence. If you or someone you know has been injured by a person working in a governmental capacity, there may be recourse under state law and/or under federal law for civil rights violations. If you believe you have been discriminated against on the basis of your race, sex, age, or some other characteristic, you should consult with attorney about your rights.