Civil rights are the rights of personal liberty and freedom guaranteed to every American citizen. These rights are guaranteed to you by the first ten amendments to the U.S. Constitution, which are known as the Bill of Rights.
When your civil rights are violated by another person or the government, you may have the right to file a lawsuit seeking justice and compensation for your injuries.
Our Florida civil rights lawyers help people who have had their civil rights violated. These rights include:
- Your right to equal protection, including protection against unlawful employment discrimination based on race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, or disability
- Your right to be free from excessive force, including protection against police brutality, false arrest, and the unreasonable use of deadly force
- Your right to due process, including protection against government depravations of life, liberty, or property
- Your right to privacy, including protection against public disclosure of your private information that unfairly damages your reputation or destroys your career
- Your right to freedom of speech, including protection against the government when it punishes or wrongfully terminates employees who speak out on matters of public concern
Civil rights cases are complex. They often demand the skill and experience of a skilled civil rights law firm to be successful.
If you or a loved one is the victim of unlawful discrimination or government abuse, our Florida civil rights attorneys can help.
We are a voice for victims of discrimination. We stand up against the government when it abuses its power. We are ready to help you get the justice you deserve.
Do I Have a Good Civil Rights Case?
The first thing our Florida civil rights attorneys do is let you know if you have a good case.
Building a strong civil rights case requires a thorough investigation. Our legal team leaves no stone unturned.
We interview all witnesses. We secure all evidence. We hire the best experts.
We carefully evaluate the Constitution, civil rights laws, and all of the facts and circumstances of your case to determine if your civil rights have been violated.
Good civil rights cases have clear harm and significant damages. If you have only been embarrassed or offended, it is not likely to be worth the stress of filing a federal civil rights lawsuit.
However, if your case involves significant economic or emotional harm, a catastrophic personal injury, or a wrongful death, pursuing a civil rights lawsuit may be the right thing to do.
Our Florida civil rights lawyers will help you understand your civil rights and determine if filing a civil rights lawsuit is the right thing for you.
Civil rights litigation requires significant time and resources. Our legal team is highly selective. We limit our civil rights cases to only the most serious civil rights cases and catastrophic harm.
This approach leads to a superior level of personal attention for your case.
Put our civil rights experience and success to work for you.
Choosing the Right Civil Rights Lawyer Can Make All the Difference
If your civil rights have been violated, the best way to start seeking justice is by speaking with an experienced Florida civil rights attorney.
Statistics show that the federal government annually recovers more than $80 million for the victims of discrimination and retaliation. Each year it is also estimated that over $100 million is paid out in connection with police brutality litigation involving the violation of the rights of ordinary citizens.
In the right case, a jury will vindicate the violation of a citizen’s civil and constitutional rights by awarding significant monetary compensation. However, victory will not come easily.
Having a skilled Florida civil rights lawyer on your side can make the difference between winning and losing your case.
Civil rights claims have complex procedural rules. If you do not follow these rules, your case can be thrown out of court.
For example, in almost all employment discrimination cases, you must file a complaint with the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) before filing a lawsuit.
The EEOC is the federal agency that investigates workplace discrimination and retaliation complaints based on an individual’s race, color, national origin, religion, sex, age, and disability. If you fail to first file a timely complaint with the EEOC, you can lose your right to later file a discrimination lawsuit in court.
Civil rights cases also have short deadlines. If you do not follow these deadlines, your case can be thrown out of court.
For instance, in many cases against the government, you must give the government special notice before you file a lawsuit. This notice is called an ante litem notice. Ante litem means notice “before litigation” is started.
In cases against cities and police departments, your deadline for filing your ante litem notice is as little as 180 days after your rights are violated. This is a very short time period, especially if you are recovering from a serious civil rights violation.
Don’t lose you civil rights case before it even starts.
Our legal team understands exactly how to build a winning civil rights case. Let us start helping you today 407-647-7887 or toll free 877-647-7887.