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Numbness in thumb from cuffs.

Jupiter, FL |

After arrest, I tried to hurt myself so they cuffed me for about 3 hours behind back (I fully understand the safety reasoning). After a couple hours I had to pee and couldn't feel my hands. Requests to urinate and/or loosen the cuffs were met with, as the kids say, "STFU." It's been 4 days and I haven't regained feeling in my right thumb. I also have a sizeable bruise on my left rib cage. As I said, I realize the safety precaution being taken, but have I any legal recourse for the potential nerve damage? Also, in your professional opinions and experience, for how long should one experience numbness??

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  1. You may want to consult a personal injury attorney though you would have to prove that the force used to detain you was excessive given your resistance.

    Your question about numbness should be posted on the medical board.

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  2. I think it is a little early to determine if you have a case - you would need to seek medical attention for your numbness. You would not only have to establish that the police acted unreasonably under the circumstances, but that you sustained an ongoing injury or at one which required medical treatment.

    Good luck.

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  3. Consult with a physician regarding the nerve symptoms. Then follow up with a personal injury attorney for a review of your potential case. Best of luck.

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  4. You should get an appointment with a doctor to evaluate your thumb.

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  5. Consult with atty who handles excessive force and civil rights cases asap. there may be short time reqts in your state.