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Police Brutality – How Much is my Case Worth?

How Much is a Police brutality Case Worth?

If we establish that you have a police brutality civil rights case, the next question is: how much is my case worth?

This is the hardest question to answer. Everyone thinks their case is worth a million dollars, but many  cases aren’t worth close to that amount. Also, in some cases, people may want declaratory relief.

When I look at a police brutality case for financial damages I ask many questions in my assessment:


  • What were the extent of the physical injuries?
  • Was there a hospital visit?
  • How much is the hospital bill?
  • What happened at the hospital?
  • What were you treated for: gunshot wound, concussion, broken bones, stitches, etc?
  • Is there any continuing treatment: are you in physical therapy as a result of the injury?
  • If you were incarcerated, did the prison give you medical treatment?
  • When you were released from custody, did you take yourself to the hospital?
  • Is there a diagnosis that had you been given treatment in custody, you would not have the same injury, or would the injury have not been as bad?

Other Questions Regarding False Arrest

  • What was the true outcome of the criminal case? How did the criminal case resolve? How much did you pay a criminal lawyer to represent you in the criminal case?
  • Were you incarcerated for any period of time as a result of the false arrest? What was the length of time? Was the length of time related only to this instant case, or was the length of your incarcerated due to other issues plus this case?
  • Did you miss any time at work? Did you lose your job?
  • Has the police officer ever done this before?
  • Is what happened to you something that happens to people all the time and the city or county should have changed a policy that would have prevented this incident?
  • Compared to other instances of police misconduct, how outrageous is your case? Are the actions of the police officer unique in the instant case?

There are many other factors that we look at when trying to assess damages in civil rights cases, but this should be enough to give you an idea of basics.

If you believe you were a victim of police brutality, contact Daniella Levi & Associates today. An experienced accident attorney will meet with you for a free consultation. Serving the City of New York for over two decades, our team of lawyers has the experience and resources to get you the compensation you deserve.



Daniella Levi & Associates P.C.

This article was reviewed and approved by Daniella Levi, Esq. Ms. Levi is an experienced and aggressive personal injury attorney. In practice for over 35 years, she has dedicated her legal career to helping injured persons receive the compensation they deserve. Clients of Ms. Levi have received compensation worth tens of millions of dollars through tireless efforts with settlement negotiations and successful trial verdicts. Read full bio

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