Injured at Rikers Island? Know Your Rights and Fight for Justice

Rikers Island has a notorious reputation for violence, neglect, and inhumane conditions. If you or a loved one has been injured while incarcerated there, you’re not alone. Despite being incarcerated, you still have rights, and you may be entitled to compensation for your injuries.

Understanding Your Rights

Even behind bars, you have the right to be safe and free from harm. This includes:

  • Protection from Violence: You have the right to be protected from violence from other inmates and correctional officers.
  • Medical Care: You have the right to adequate medical care for any injuries or illnesses you sustain while incarcerated. This includes prompt and appropriate treatment, access to medication, and specialist care if needed.
  • Humane Conditions: You have the right to be housed in sanitary and safe conditions that don’t pose a risk to your health and well-being.

Common Causes of Injuries at Rikers Island

Inmates at Rikers Island often suffer injuries due to:

  • Inmate-on-Inmate Violence: Assaults, fights, and stabbings are alarmingly common.
  • Excessive Force by Correctional Officers: Sadly, excessive force and brutality by guards are also a frequent occurrence.
  • Medical Neglect: Delays or denial of medical care can lead to serious health complications and even death.
  • Unsanitary Conditions: Overcrowding, lack of hygiene, and exposure to hazardous materials can cause various health issues.

What to Do If You’ve Been Injured

  1. Seek Medical Attention: If you’re injured, immediately report it to medical staff at Rikers Island. Document all injuries, treatments, and conversations with medical personnel.
  2. Document Everything: Write down everything you can remember about the incident, including the date, time, location, names of witnesses, and any other relevant details.
  3. Report the Incident: Report the injury to Rikers Island authorities. If possible, file a formal grievance.
  4. Consult with an Attorney: An experienced attorney specializing in Rikers Island injury cases can assess your situation, advise you on your legal options, and help you file a lawsuit.

How We Can Help

The Law Offices of Michael T. Ridge have a proven track record of fighting for the rights of those injured at Rikers Island. We understand the unique challenges and complexities of these cases, and we are committed to holding those responsible accountable.

We will:

  • Investigate Your Case: We will thoroughly investigate the circumstances surrounding your injury to gather evidence and build a strong case on your behalf.
  • Negotiate with Authorities: We will negotiate with the City of New York to seek fair compensation for your injuries, medical expenses, pain, and suffering.
  • Litigate Your Case: If necessary, we will take your case to court and fight for your rights before a judge and jury.

Take Action Today

If you or someone you know has been injured while incarcerated at Rikers Island, don’t let your rights be violated. Contact the Law Offices of Michael T. Ridge today for a free consultation. We will review your case, answer your questions, and help you get the justice you deserve.

Remember: You have rights, even behind bars. Don’t let your voice go unheard.

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