At Foster Wallace, we pride ourselves on representing clients whose civil rights have been violated. Often this occurs from actions performed by public officials and government authorities. The following types of section 1983 civil rights cases are the ones we handle:
We sometimes file these civil rights cases under a federal statute that was signed by President Ulysses S. Grant in 1871, called the “Civil Rights Act” (also historically known as the “Ku Klux Klan Act”).
When Can Someone File A Civil Rights Lawsuit?
The relevant provision of the Civil Rights Act is Section 1983. The relevant part of Section 1983 provides:
Every person who, under color of any statute, ordinance, regulation, custom, or usage . . . subjects . . . 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.
In short, this means that you have a right to sue any government official who violates your constitutional civil rights while acting within their role as a government official, even if they exceed their authority to act in that role.
How Can A Civil Rights Lawsuit Help Me?
If you or a loved one have experienced any civil rights violation by any public official or government authority, contact us to discuss your case, particularly if you or a loved one have suffered a violation while incarcerated or caused by police. We handle civil rights cases on a contingency basis.
Experience Bringing about Reform
Our experience in civil rights lawsuits has not only won significant damage awards for our clients, but it has contributed to reform in the areas in which civil rights abuses have taken place.
For example, in 2017, Michael Foster represented (pro bono) an inmate in the custody of the Missouri Department of Corrections (MDOC). Michael’s client suffered with severe asthma. Despite his condition, the MDOC confined Michael’s client in a cell with other inmates who, against prison policy, smoked heavily in the cell. By proving that the MDOC was deliberately indifferent to the medical needs of his client, Michael won a verdict of $111,000.00. Because of that verdict, in 2018, the MDOC instituted a smoke-free policy in its prisons.
In another case, Michael Foster represented an inmate who did not get medical attention he needed after he was assaulted in a county jail. Because of the delay he experienced in getting medical attention, he suffered significant injuries that would not have occurred but for the lack of medical attention. Michael obtained over a $1.4 million dollar settlement for our client.
Discuss Your Civil Rights Case with our experienced Kansas City civil rights attorneys
At Foster Wallace, we are passionate about our civil rights clients, not only because we obtain compensation for the government’s violation of our clients’ rights, but because protecting our clients’ civil rights casts a spotlight on abuse and helps to bring about reform where it is needed.
Contact Foster Wallace today for a free consultation to learn how we can help you or your loved ones protect your civil rights.