I have handled cases like this before... there are 2 possible legal theories. 1) did Riker's have notice that the other inmate had violent propensities? Did your husband complain about him before the attack? Had the person assaulted others before the attack? 2) The second, and harder theory, is that there was insufficient security. Your husband needs to serve a Notice of Claim on the City of New York within 90 days of the incident in order to preserve his right to sue.
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This needs to go in the PI section.
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I think that you should retain a lawyer to preserve the right to sue. The lawyer will file a notice of claim, and then obtain records relating to the inmate that assaulted him.
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Yes. Get a lawyer to file a notice of claim right away then examine the records via a FOIA request to determine whether they knew or should have known of the danger to your husband and failed to take precautions to protect him. They are responsible for inmates safety in their custody. Also you need the medical records showing the extent of your husband's injuries. Their failure to mitigate by having him examined in the jail may also be a critical factor. The case will probably be settled for a good amount once put into suit but it needs to be done right.
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