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Personal Injury Cases in the News

Personal Injury Cases in the News

            San Angelo Standard-Times recently reported the settlement of a personal injury which lead to an inmate’s death by suicide. The suit alleged “police misconduct” in that County officials in Lindon County, Nebraska failed to properly monitor the inmate, as they knew or should have known that he was a suicide risk because he was trying to kill himself when arrested.

In Michigan, a constitutional claim against governmental offices may be prosecuted pursuant to 42 USC §1983. A theory of liability sometimes used is that police officers may not be deliberately indifferent to an inmate’s medical needs. Under the statutes, it is illegal under colors of authority to deprive a person of any rights, privileges, or immunities secured by the Constitution and other laws. Other types of claims may be predicated upon by Section 1983, such as excessive force, is an arrest and failure to secure needed medical attention. For instance, your writer is aware of one case in which the police knew that the person they arrested had swallowed cocaine to hide it. Despite that the police officer transported the arrestee to the jail instead on an emergency room. A significant settlement was reached after the inmate died from cocaine poisoning.

If you or a family member have a question as to whether your civil rights have been violated by police or other misconduct, call Guy Vining. All initial conferences are free of charge. In addition, these types of matters are handled by the firm on a contingency fee basis, so you will not pay a fee out of pocket. Guy Vining is pleased to assist you, and your interview is completely confidential.


Guy Vining practices personal injury law from his Metro-Detroit office in Taylor, Michigan. He has represented clients in personal injury actions for over 25 years in such areas as: car, boat, motorcycle, and truck accidents; slip, trip, and falls including black ice and defective design; medical and dental malpractice, denial of insurance benefits for wages, medical and home assistance to automobile accident victims. His firm sees clients throughout the downriver communities of Rockwood, Gibraltar, Brownstown, Trenton, Grosse Ile, Woodhaven, Riverview, Southgate, Dearborn, Ecorse, Romulus, Taylor, and of course, Wyandotte.