Can my son sue the city jail because he was attacked and his face was cut

Asked over 1 year ago - Jamaica, NY

While in dept of corrections custody his face was slashed

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  1. Eric Edward Rothstein

    Contributor Level 20


    Lawyer agrees

    Answered . These can be hard cases. He has to prove that the jail had reason to know the person was a threat to your son. Had they had incidents before? Had the person attacked anyone else? He needs to serve a Notice of Claim within 90- days of the incident.

    I am a former federal and State prosecutor and now handle criminal defense and personal injury/civil rights cases.... more
  2. Carlos Gonzalez


    Contributor Level 17

    Answered . The answer is maybe, if corrections was on notice of a possible danger or failed in doing a duty they should reasonably have done then you might have a suit...

  3. Marco Caviglia

    Contributor Level 19

    Answered . You must make certain to give timely notice of claim within 90 days of the incident without court permission , then file within one year thereafter or you lose the right to sue. You give no facts, so I can't give any advice, but having handled a number of these cases, they are diffiuclt to prove and/or get substantial damages.

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