What can we do if my brother hung himself in prison with a rope? 9 Answers as of January 08, 2014

The jail said that he hung himself with bed sheet but my private report said that it was not a bed sheet but a rope.

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Kirby G. Moss PC | Kirby G. Moss
Probably not much unless can prove negligence by the jail resulted in his death.
Answer Applies to: Indiana
Replied: 1/8/2014
David Hoines Law
David Hoines Law | David Hoines
his survivors may have a claim these are complex cases however, he should not have had a rope available.
Answer Applies to: Florida
Replied: 1/6/2014
Law Offices of Ronald A. Steinberg & Associates | Ronald A. Steinberg, BA, MA, JD
Does it make a difference? Dead is dead. If you are asking if you can sue the jail, the answer is probably not.
Answer Applies to: Michigan
Replied: 1/6/2014
Mishkind Law Firm, Co., L.P.A.
Mishkind Law Firm, Co., L.P.A. | Howard Mishkind
There may be a claim against the prison for his wrongful death. It must be shown that they had notice and failed to take action to prevent his hanging. The burden of proof in a situation like this requires proof that the prison had notice and was deliberately indifferent to his safety. The circumstances concerning his death should be carefully reviewed with an attorney.
Answer Applies to: Ohio
Replied: 1/6/2014
James E. Hasser, Jr. P.C.
James E. Hasser, Jr. P.C. | Jim Hasser
More information is needed to answer your question. There are a variety of issues here, starting with State immunity. Consider consulting an experienced personal injury lawyer familiar with Civil Rights claims.
Answer Applies to: Alabama
Replied: 1/6/2014
    Law Offices of John W. Merting, P.A.
    Law Offices of John W. Merting, P.A. | John W. Merting
    Consult with a civil rights attorney who handles jail injury type cases.
    Answer Applies to: Florida
    Replied: 1/6/2014
    Adler Law Group, LLC
    Adler Law Group, LLC | Lawrence Adler
    You should seek counsel to bring a suit. There are numerous issues including whether they knew or should have known he was suicidal.
    Answer Applies to: Connecticut
    Replied: 1/6/2014
    Jules D'Alessandro | Jules D'Alessandro
    If your brother exhibited any signs that he was a suicide risk, then the prison can be sued for failing to put him on suicide watch.
    Answer Applies to: Rhode Island
    Replied: 1/6/2014
    Law Offices of George H. Shers | George H. Shers
    You need to speak to a personal injury attorney who handles suits against jails to see if there is enough to justify a lawsuit [where did he get the rope, was he suicidal, did the jail officials have reason to believe that he would harm himself, etc.].
    Answer Applies to: California
    Replied: 1/6/2014
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