42 U.S.C. § 1983 provides a private cause of action to citizens whose rights have been violated by the government. The civil rights attorneys at the PA injury firm of The Levin Firm have successfully litigated civil rights matters under 1983 to change bad government policy. Our attorneys fight zealously on our 1983 matters to change bad government policy and have a positive change on our society.
The Civil Rights Act of 1871 (42 U.S.C. § 1981 et seq.) is a federal law intended to ensure that the government does not deprive any American of the protections afforded by basic civil rights. Usually, 1983 suits may only be brought against the individual who committed the violation, not the government entity (such as the city or state) for whom the person worked. For example, if you are wrongfully arrested and detained by a Philadelphia police officer, you can sue the officer under Section 1983, but not the City of Philadelphia. This is mandated by the United States Supreme Court case of Monell v. New York City Department of Social Services (436 U.S. 658 (1978)). There are ways to get around this rule though, which is why you need at attorney with experience in civil rights claims to analyze your specific situation and determine the best course of action for your case.
Civil rights cases are complex, and require attorneys who understand the laws and how to aggressively represent their clients. At The Levin Firm, our attorneys will investigate your civil rights case. We consider many factors, including whether your rights have been violated, whether you have been damaged, whether there is evidence of a discriminatory motive, and if there has been a pattern of unfairness against other people.
At The Levin Firm, we have been handling civil rights claims for years, and we take these cases seriously. Many of these cases require immediate investigation, and we know that taking prompt action and obtaining as much documentation as possible can be difference between winning and losing. Our attorneys work together with a team of investigators and support staff to investigate every claim so that we may aggressively and zealously represent our clients and obtain the best possible results.
When you need a Philadelphia, Pennsylvania or New Jersey personal injury attorney to represent you, a family member or friend who has a civil rights claim against the government, contact The Levin Firm, who represent every client zealously in order to obtain the best results possible in each case.
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