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Liability for Inmate Accidents


The Unites States Constitution, the Federal Tort Claims Act and many State Laws provide prisoners with the ability to sue the government for inmate personal injury and accident claims.  Generally governments possess immunity from civil claims brought forth by individual citizens. However, the FTCA and state provisions provide for a limited waiver of sovereign immunity. If you or a loved one has been injured as a result of prison administration negligence contact our California prisoner rights injury attorneys at Downtown LA Law Group for a free no cost evaluation of your injury claim. (855) 385-2529

Common injures and accidents in California and Federal State Penitentiaries and Jails include:

  • Injures from Assault and Battery by other inmates
  • Workplace related Injuries
  • Infections due to unsanitary conditions
  • Spinal Cord Injuries
  • Traumatic Head Injury
  • Skull Fractures
  • Internal Bleeding
  • Facial Lacerations
  • Severe Cuts and Knife Wounds
  • Broken Noses and Fractured Limbs

California Government Code Section 810 et seq.

Rules regarding governmental entities and their employees for tort liability and compensation for damages under state law. The California’s Torts Claims Act provides for a limited waiver of sovereign immunity to bring personal injury claims against the State of California including all public entities. California Torts Claims Act requires timely presentation of a written claim for monetary damages given directly to a public entity. A lawsuit, filing of a claim, can proceed only when the notice of a clam has been rejected by the government entity.

Prisoner Liability for Violent Acts of other Inmates

Under the 8th amendment of the United States Constitution prisons have a duty to protect inmates from violence, including the battery and sexual assaults from other inmates.  If prisons guards, administrators, and staff believe a violent acts against a prisoner is imminent then they may be held liable for any injuries which takes place resulting from the violent incident. However, it is very difficult to establish liability against a prison correctional institute for unforeseen violent acts of other prisoners.  Is such cases it is important to contact experienced and dedicated prisoner rights and inmate personal injury attorneys who will fight for your rights and help you receive the compensation you are entitled to.

Limitation of Prisoners Personal Injury Claims |Prisoner Rights to Sue restricted by the 1996 Prison Litigation Reform Act

The PLRA applies to civil litigation rights that prisoners have to be able to sue for their injuries or any other civil claim.  The act applies to “any civil proceeding arising under Federal Law with respect to the conditions of confinement or the effects of actions by government officials on the lives of persons confined to prisons.” This ct was put into place to restrict the rights or prisoners in their abilities to peruse civil litigation.  The Acts specifically stats that courts “shall not grant or approve any prospects relief unless the court finds that such relief is narrowly drawn, extends no further than necessary to correct the violation of the Federal right, and is the least intrusive means necessary to correct the violation of the Federal right.”

Inmate Prison Work Related Accidents and Injury Claims

Many Inmates in California State Prisons and Correctional institutes are injured in prison work related accidents.  Often times work sites in prisons do not contain the proper health and safety precautions required to maintain a proper work environment.  Prison workplace injuries in California correctional institutes are on the rise and should be a cause for concern amongst state politicians and prison administrative bodies alike.  If you have or a loved one has been injured in a prison contact the Downtown Los Angeles Law Group today.   Experienced California Prisoner Personal Injury Attorneys are her to help.  For a Free NO Cost Review of your Claim with an experience lawyer contact us today (888) 649-7166

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