In the state of Michigan and elsewhere, inmates don’t have the same rights they had before imprisonment. However, all prisoners have basic rights that protect them, such as access to medical care, protection from other inmates, and protection against cruel and unusual punishment. If an inmate is injured in prison and denied medical treatment, he or she would have a legal claim. Additionally, if an inmate dies or is murdered while incarcerated, loved ones can file a claim for negligence or wrongful death on behalf of the inmate.
When a loved one is injured or harmed while in prison, he or she may need the help of close family members. If a prisoner dies while in jail because of negligence or misconduct by a corrections officer, family members have the right to take legal action so that the person responsible for the death is held accountable.
Many wrongful deaths that occur in prison are caused by prison guards’ and correctional officers’ negligence. When this occurs, a family member may want to seek the assistance of an experienced wrongful death attorney. A lawyer has the knowledge to help families find justice for the loss of a loved one.
Attorneys who fight for inmates’ rights can help families file claims against the specific individuals or detention centers responsible for the serious injury or death. If the death was because of negligence, the attorney can help the family member file a wrongful death case.
What Are the Rights of Prisoners While Incarcerated?
Prisoners’ rights can be complex. Generally, there are hundreds of laws and rules that dictate the rights of prisoners. Many lawsuits involve abuse and a violation of inmates’ rights. A skilled attorney knows the rights of prisoners in Michigan and will apply that knowledge to each case.
If a loved one is injured or killed for one of the following reasons, his or her family has a legitimate claim:
- Failing to monitor a medical condition
- Failing to determine medication needs of an inmate
- Failing to provide medical attention when necessary
- Failing to keep suicide watch or provide mental health services
- Excessive force or brutality
- Illegally using tasers and chokeholds
- Failing to protect inmates from others
If you or someone you know was a victim of police misconduct while incarcerated, speak with an experienced Michigan police brutality attorney today. Michigan Legal Center houses attorneys with years of experience upholding the rights of Michigan prisoners. We have an unmatched passion for justice and will fight to the end to see that the right people are held responsible for their actions or lack thereof. Contact us today for a free case evaluation.