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Queens Police Brutality LawyerWere you or a family member a victim of police brutality in Queens, NY? Law enforcement officials aren’t granted an unlimited amount of power. They have to respect the rights of others like anyone else. If you were injured, an experienced Queens police brutality lawyer at Oresky & Associates, PLLC can help you fight to recover financial compensation.

Our lawyers have over 30 years of experience fighting to protect people like you. We’ve proven our ability to get results when it matters most by recovering over $400 million for our clients.

You may be entitled to compensation for medical bills, lost wages, and your pain and suffering. To learn more about how a lawyer can help, contact our law offices in Queens, New York to schedule a free consultation today at (718) 993 9999.

Types of Personal Injury Cases We Handle in Queens, New York

Here are some of the personal injury cases we take:

How Can Oresky & Associates, PLLC Help if You Were a Victim of Police Brutality in Queens?

How Can Oresky & Associates, PLLC Help if You Were a Victim of Police Brutality in Queens?

The city will fight hard to protect its officers. You need a respected Queens personal injury lawyer in your corner when you’re taking on the NYPD. Otherwise, you risk walking away with nothing at all.

At Oresky & Associates, PLLC, our founding attorney has been recognized as a Super Lawyer and one of New York Magazine’s “New York’s Leading Personal Injury Lawyers.”

When you hire us, we will:

  • Conduct a full investigation into your case
  • Gather evidence to prove you deserve compensation
  • Identify your losses and calculate your case value
  • Bring in experts when needed to strengthen your case
  • Handle all negotiations with insurance companies, police, and their defense attorneys

You trusted the police to act fairly and protect you. We know it can be tough to stand up for your rights. We also know how important it is to get justice if you are a victim of unjustified police misconduct. Contact our Queens personal injury attorneys today to schedule a free consultation to learn more about your legal options.

Statistics on Police Brutality in New York City

Police brutality is a serious issue in New York City and across the U.S. Police officers killed 1,241 people across the United States in 2022 alone. Unfortunately, police killings in the U.S. have steadily increased in recent years. 78 more people were killed by police in 2022 than in 2021. 

28 police killings occurred across New York State in 2022.

Of course, not all cases involving police violence are fatal. The New York Civil Liberties Union (NYCLU) maintains a database that keeps track of complaints about police in New York City. As of 2023, 302,801 complaints about police misconduct are listed. About 80% of the people implicated are either Black or Latinx.

Unfortunately, studies show that the number of people killed due to police actions in New York is more than twice the number that is actually reported.

How Do I Know Whether I Have a Valid Queens Police Brutality Case?

Police and law enforcement officials must follow the law. They are required to complete extensive training so that they know how to properly handle difficult situations. If an NYPD officer crossed the line, you may have a valid lawsuit for damages.

Police can be held financially liable when they use excessive force. While police do have the right to protect themselves and an obligation to protect others, they can only use the amount of force that is reasonably necessary under the circumstances.

While there is no clear definition of the term “excessive force,” law enforcement officers often use excessive force in instances of police brutality involving:

  • Firearms 
  • Batons 
  • Choke holds
  • Tasers
  • Pepper spray
  • Kicking or punching
  • Tear gas
  • Improper use of restraints

Of course, as the victim, it can be tough to know whether you have a valid case. Our Queens police misconduct attorneys can help. We’ll listen to your story and investigate to gather evidence to prove your case. Just call to schedule your free case evaluation today.

How Can I Recover Compensation if I Was Injured By the Police?

If you or a loved one were physically harmed because of a cop’s actions in NYC, you may have the right to file a personal injury lawsuit.

You may also have a valid right to seek compensation for civil rights violations under federal law. 

Under 42 U.S.C. §1983, you may be entitled to compensation if the following two things are true:

  • The police officer was acting under the “color of law”
  • The officer violated your state or federal constitutional rights 

Section 1983 applies anytime a police officer is exercising their duties as a law enforcement officer. You may have a valid case even if the officer did not actually have the authority to commit the acts in question.

Our Queens Police Brutality Attorneys Handle All Types of Police Brutality Cases

At Oresky & Associates, PLLC, we handle all types of New York City police brutality cases, including those involving:

  • Assault
  • False arrest and unlawful detention
  • Unjustified shooting
  • Illegal searches and seizures
  • Fabricating evidence
  • Tampering with evidence
  • Racial profiling and bias
  • Sexual assault
  • Actions based on the victim’s membership in a protected class
  • Harassment
  • Verbal abuse
  • Cruel and unusual punishment
  • Improper use of K-9 dogs
  • Coercing a confession

Do you suspect the cops in Queens crossed a line? Were you or a family member injured because of it? Call our law firm to schedule a free case review today. We’ll do everything we can to help your family get justice.

How Much is My Queens Police Brutality Case Worth?

NYC spent about $237 million to settle lawsuits against the New York City Police Department in 2022. In fact, civil rights violations and police action were two of the five most expensive types of claims paid out by the city that year.

That said, like any other personal injury case, the value of your claim will depend on the facts and circumstances of your case.

Important factors include:

  • The types of injuries you suffered
  • The nature of the police action involved
  • The cost of your medical treatment
  • How the ordeal impacts your work and quality of life
  • The pain and suffering your family has endured
  • How the police action is likely to impact your future

Don’t hesitate to reach out for legal advice if you were injured by the police in New York City. While we know it can be difficult to come forward, the amount of compensation you recover can make a huge difference in your future. 

What Types of Damages Are Available to Victims of Police Brutality in Queens, New York?

Like any car accident victim, you may be entitled to compensation for economic and non-economic damages under New York personal injury laws.

Common examples of economic damages include:

Your non-economic damages may include:

  • Pain and suffering
  • Emotional distress
  • PTSD and fear
  • Humiliation 
  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Disfigurement and scarring
  • Loss of enjoyment of life
  • Loss of consortium

You may even be entitled to punitive damages to punish the defendant for intentional misconduct and wrongdoing.

Victims of Police Brutality Often Suffer Severe and Lasting Injuries

Police brutality in Queens can leave the victim struggling with severe and life-changing injuries. 

At Oresky & Associates, PLLC, we often represent victims of police misconduct who have suffered:

Police violence always has the potential to be fatal. After all, NYC police carry deadly weapons. If you lost a loved one, our lawyers in Queens will use our resources to pursue full compensation for wrongful death.

How Can I Prove a Law Enforcement Officer is Liable for Police Brutality in Queens, NYC?

The NYPD and the city itself go to great lengths to protect police who are accused of misconduct. To recover compensation, you’ll have to offer evidence to support your case. That evidence isn’t always easy to find.

Our team at Oresky & Associates, PLLC will search for the strong evidence you need, such as:

  • Body camera footage
  • Video surveillance footage
  • Eyewitness testimony
  • Records of past police misconduct
  • Evidence about department policies and practices
  • Statements from fellow officers and colleagues

Our lawyers won’t give up until we have the proof necessary to help you get justice. Don’t hesitate to call us today to find out more about how we can help you through this tough time.

How Long Do I Have to File a Lawsuit if I Was a Victim of Police Brutality in New York City?

Lawsuits against government agencies have a much shorter statute of limitations than typical personal injury claims. Victims of police brutality may have as little as 90 days to file a Notice of Claim. Depending on the case, you may have only one year to file a civil lawsuit for damages. 

The statute of limitations in these cases is complex and depends on who injured you. It’s best to consult an experienced Queens police brutality attorney to ensure you meet the applicable deadlines and requirements.

Contact a Queens Police Brutality Lawyer for a Free Consultation

Police brutality is never justified. If you were a victim, call an experienced Queens police brutality lawyer to learn about your legal rights today. At Oresky & Associates, PLLC, we’ll do everything possible to help you get justice.

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