When Police Brutality Results in Personal Injury

Police Brutality Can Lead To Personal Injury Case

Police brutality is an issue all around the world, and has been getting more attention from the public and media. With social media being so utilized by the majority of the public, and every smartphone having instant access to a camera, police brutality is starting to be highlighted and shown across all platforms. If you are interested in learning about what you can do if you or a loved one have been a victim of police brutality, contact us. 

What is Police Brutality?

Police brutality is when a police officer or multiple police officers use excessive force to takedown or subdue a person. In most cases of police brutality, the police have used unnecessary force that wasn’t relevant to the situation. For instance, police have at times felt like the victim was not being as cooperative as they should be, so they use excessive force and harm the victim to make them more cooperative. Examples might be the use of a taser or the use of ketamine to subdue a suspect who is not actively resisting.

What can Count as Police Brutality? 

Police brutality can include but is not limited to: 

  • Injuring the arrestee after being arrested: If the arrestee is already in handcuffs and is not posing a threat to the officer’s life, it is illegal for the officer to punch, kick, or harm the arrestee in any way, shape, or form.
  • Extreme take-downs: Extreme take-downs are only reasonable if the victim is not responding to police and is acting aggressively towards the officers or the public in a manner that can cause harm. Being wrongfully taken down or put into chokeholds when cooperating with the police is not legal and you can take action. 
  • Being beat with a baton after being subdued: Once you have been subdued, it is illegal for an officer to beat the arrestee with a baton. It is also highly discouraged for officers not to aim at the head when using a baton as it can cause brain damage, spinal damage, and even death. 
  • Wrongful use of a taser: While tasers should definitely be used before a gun is, there have been cases where tasers have caused heart attacks and other serious injuries. Depending on the case, you can take action if you were injured by a taser.
  • Wrongful use of a Gun: Guns should be used as a last resort for police. The only time it would be okay for a policeman to use a gun is when their own life or someone else’s life is at danger. Police related shootings are on the rise, and if you or a loved one were wrongfully shot by the police, you can take immediate action.
  • Car Accidents: It is illegal for a police officer to use his or her vehicle as a means to bring yours to a stop. Doing so can cause injuries to drivers and action can be taken if this has happened to you.
  • High speed chases: High-speed chases are discouraged by police departments as they can lead to severe damage, injuries, and are a danger to the public. If you have been the victim of an injury due to a high-speed chase, you have the right to take action.

If you feel like you or a loved one was wrongfully treated by the police, get in contact with us to discuss your case. Police brutality is no longer something that is happening behind closed doors, social media is exposing a lot of police behavior. If you want to speak with a lawyer, visit us at Nicholas Parr Law today!

Can Employees with COVID-19 get Workers Compensation?

Employees Eligible For Workers Compensation if They Get COVID-19

With everything that is happening in the world right now with COVID-19, there are a lot of unknowns out there about it, and if you have even been so much as exposed, that will set you back 14 days quarantine at home. Sure, there are definitely some precautions you can take to minimize the risk of catching it, but what happens if you do get COVID-19 or are exposed to it while you are working in the state of Maryland? How will you pay your bills or feed your family if you cannot work? Your employer may have a plan of action already in place, but if not – will you qualify to receive some sort of workers’ compensation? If you are interested in finding out about what action you can take at work if you have been exposed to COVID-19, this article will shed some light on what you can do to protect yourself and ensure you are taken care of if you may need workers compensation due to COVID-19.

What is Workers Compensation?

In order to understand what sort of actions you can take in the case of catching COVID in your workplace, it is important to understand what Workmans’ compensation is and how it works in the state of Maryland. Workmans Comp is a form of insurance providing wage replacement and medical benefits that helps employees who are injured at their workplace. This system provides employees with compensation so that they aren’t stuck without money while they are out of work and to avoid outrageous medical bills. Workers Comp also benefits the employers in that their injured employees are less likely to try to make any wrongful claims about the employer. 

How do you Qualify for Workers Compensation?

In order to receive workers’ compensation, the employee must be injured while on duty at his/her workplace. So, as long as you are able to prove that you contracted COVID at your workplace, that should be enough to get you workers compensation, right? Well, it’s not that simple. 

The Case of Occupational Diseases 

When it comes to occupational diseases, these are not usually covered by workers’ compensation. This leaves employees who have contracted illnesses like the flu or cold out of the game since they aren’t really able to determine exactly where they contracted the illness.

So How Do You Get Worker’s Comp if you get COVID-19?

In order to receive workers’ compensation from your place of employment in the case of catching COVID, one must be able to prove that they caught the illness while on the job. For essential workers in Baltimore, Maryland, they will have a strong case during this pandemic that if they contract COVID-19, it would be considered an “occupational disease”. First responders, nurses,  Doctors, grocery store cashiers, and gas station clerks are some essential positions that would have an easier time proving they contracted the disease at work.

For nonessential workers, it’s a lot harder to build a case as to how you could have contracted COVID to be able to qualify to receive Workers compensation, and there are blurry lines with this disease and workers compensation in general. 

Who Should You Contact if This Happens & What are Your Options?

If you or someone you know contract COVID due to the work environment, speak with your employer and see what your options are.  If you don’t get a clear response from your employer about Workers compensation and would like to speak to a professional, contact us at Nicholas Parr Law. We’ll help you build a case in Maryland for yourself or your family to ensure you get the coverage you deserve and need during these tough times, and we don’t receive a fee unless we win.

For a free, virtual consultation please contact Nick at 410-978-4000.

Content and conclusions in this post are solely those of the author unless otherwise noted. This information is general and cannot be considered legal advice for any specific situation. Please contact Nicholas Parr Law for any questions or to receive legal advice.

COVID-19’s Impact on Your Personal Injury Case

COVID-19 virus impacts personal injury claims

With the recent outbreak of COVID-19, many people are questioning how the pandemic can impact their personal injury case. If you are in the midst of a pending personal injury case, read on to find out how you can get the most out of your case during COVID-19.

Medical Treatment is Still a Must

This should be an obvious first step, but if you were injured, you need to seek medical attention as soon as possible to obtain documentation. During pandemics, hospitals and places of treatment are the last places any person wants to be due to the fear that they may catch something by seeking medical treatment. Furthermore, during a pandemic, hospitals are usually overrun by multitudes of patients, and beds and resources are scarce, making it hard to get the care and documentation needed for your case.

In order to get the most from your case, you must seek the medical treatment necessary for your injury. You don’t want to skip out on any treatment that is necessary due to a fear of catching any other sickness. If you happen to find yourself in a situation where you tried to get treatment, but were unable to due to crowds, contact your lawyers and keep them aware of your situation, so they can keep everything documented. It is always optimal to keep your legal team in the loop and the lines of communication open.

Courthouse Schedules and Procedures Are Changing as a result of COVID-19

With COVID-19 spreading at such an alarming rate, many courthouses around the country are either closing temporarily. If you have a pending personal injury case, you may find that it will be prolonged due to closures and lockdowns. Sadly, there isn’t much you can do about this other than keeping in contact with your lawyers.  

Most Important: DON’T WAIT TO CALL

In any case, the worst thing a client could do is wait to contact a lawyer until things get better. By waiting to contact a lawyer, you are only dropping the case value and thus, increasing the chances of losing your case. Yes, times are pretty scary at the moment, but we are still a phone call away. If you were recently injured, you want to call a lawyer as soon as you can. I cannot stress this enough– DO NOT WAIT TO CALL. 

In Conclusion

If you were injured, get your medical treatment and call your lawyer as soon as possible. The longer you wait for your treatment and the longer you wait to contact a lawyer, the less value your case is going to carry. If you want the compensation you deserve, then you need to take the necessary steps to show that your case is a priority. You will only be taken as seriously as you treat your own case.