Civil Rights and Section 1983 Claims

A lot of credence is given to the U.S. Constitution, and for good reason. This document, which serves as the foundation of our country, lays out the basic rights and protections afforded to all individuals. However, as time passes and the world changes, laws must be enacted to clarify the meaning of the constitution and further protect the rights it enumerates.

One powerful law that is often utilized for civil rights litigation is Section 1983 of the federal code. This law essentially states that nobody acting on behalf of the government can deprive any individual of the rights or privileges provided to him or her by the constitution. If a deprivation does occur, then the party who caused the deprivation can be held liable.

The question then becomes what counts as "deprivation," and which rights are given to an individual under the Constitution. These are big legal questions that are constantly being defined and redefined as new cases are heard by the judicial system. However, there are some situations, such as wrongful imprisonment and excessive force by law enforcement, that often serve as the basis for a Section 1983 lawsuit. Other individuals who serve as government actors, such as prosecutors and even child protection workers, can deprive individuals of even the most basic rights of life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.

Going up against the government in a lawsuit can be daunting, but the rewards can be significant if successful. Not only may compensation be recovered for wrong imposed on a victim, but winning a civil rights lawsuit can help set the stage for better protection of Americans' Constitutional rights. Only by holding the government accountable when justified, though, can we ensure that we uphold the democratic freedoms the Founding Fathers wished to upon us.

Categories

Why Clients Want Us

  • Thousands of Clients Helped

    We have helped thousands of clients with both small and big cases since the inception of the firm. Our attorney Matthew Weisberg has had the opportunity to fight for the rights of clients before the Supreme Court.

  • Affordable Pricing

    We are committed to providing transparent flat fees that are affordable. Everyone deserves the ability to fight for their rights without the worry of affordability.

  • Over 20 Years of Experience

    Since 2005 our firm has advocated for the rights of clients in Philadelphia and surrounding cities. In addition, our attorneys have been in the legal field for over 20 years bringing immeasurable knowledge with them to the firm.

  • Free Consultations

    We understand the stressful nature of the situation you can be in. Call us for a free consultation and we will strive for a response within 24 hours.

Start Your Free Consultation Today!

Defending Our Clients

See What Our Clients are Saying
  • “With their constant never-ending support, they got justice for me.”

    - Robin R.
  • “When no one would take my legal malpractice case, they did and won!”

    - Doniell W.
  • “...their interest helped make a change for the better in our community.”

    - Kerry M.

Contact Us to Start Assisting You

  • Please enter your first name.
  • Please enter your last name.
  • Please enter your phone number.
    This isn't a valid phone number.
  • Please enter your email address.
    This isn't a valid email address.
  • Please make a selection.
  • Please enter a message.