My girlfriend was recent arrested for dui. She was handcuffed and put in the police car while they finished up at the scene and whatnot. She was cooperative. But she told the officers numerous times that the cuffs were to tight and that she was too hot in the car. It was during the day and the temperature was in the 90s with the windows up while they wrapped up at the scene. Since then, a couple weeks has past, her wrist is still swollen and difficult to work with. She works with her hands a lot being a climatologist. Can she seek medical help without having to pay out of pocket for it?
This is more of an economic question than a legal question. There is no requirement that a doctor treat your girlfriend without charging her - regardless of the source of her injury.
I suppose your girlfriend might try pursuing a claim for excessive use of force against the police officer, but the case does not sound very promising and even if she were able to prevail it would take months or years to reach a resolution of such a case. In the meantime, your girlfriend will likely have to rely on medical insurance or other resources to obtain medical treatment.
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