Institutional Assault


PA Lawyers Handling Institutional Assault Cases

Institutions such as schools, prisons and hospitals have a duty to protect the individuals who live, study or work within their walls. When they fail to exercise that duty and individuals are injured or killed as a result, they can be held liable for their actions. Our Philadelphia attorneys at are experienced personal injury and civil rights lawyers with a record of accomplishment in matters arising from institutional assaults in many different settings.

Prison Assaults

Excessive bail shall not be required, nor excessive fines imposed, nor cruel and unusual punishments inflicted. Eighth Amendment to the Constitution

Prison guards who turn a blind eye to assaults by one prisoner on another, or who themselves assault a prisoner, may have violated the constitutional right of the inmate to be protected from cruel and unusual punishment.

School Assaults

Corporal punishment is defined as physically punishing a student for an infraction of the discipline policy. Use of corporal punishment is prohibited. 22 Pennsylvania Code § 12.5

Although corporal punishment in school does not automatically violate the Constitution, Pennsylvania law has prohibited corporal punishment since 2005. If your child was hit, slapped, beaten or paddled by a teacher or other personnel to enforce or maintain school discipline, it is important to learn about your rights. Our civil rights attorneys can advise you.

Hospital Assaults

Individuals assaulted or injured by staff in hospitals, nursing homes, mental health facilities or other treatment and care organizations may be victims of institutional assault and eligible to claim damages in a personal injury claim. Our attorneys are experienced, aggressive and skilled in both civil rights law and personal injury cases and will discuss your options with you.

If you or a loved one was assaulted in prison, at school or in a medical facility, contact our Pennsylvania personal injury law firm to schedule a no-cost consultation with an experienced lawyer.

You pay no legal fees unless we win. Conveniently located across from City Hall in downtown Philadelphia.

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