Based on the numerous lawsuits that were filed between 2013 and 2018 in NYC, it seems as though cases filed in NY seldomly make it to trial.
Like most police brutality victims who are considering filing a civil lawsuit, you may be concerned with the fact that your case will go to court, which may be preventing you from taking legal action against the officer who mistreated or injured you. While it is understandable to feel a bit uneasy about filing a lawsuit against an officer of the law, you should know that there is always the chance that the city and/or police department will offer a settlement before you even step foot in a courtroom. The fact is, just because you file a lawsuit doesn’t exactly mean you will have to present your side of the story in front of a judge and jury and wait for a deliberation that determines whether the court has ruled in your favor.
In fact, once you file a lawsuit and the department is notified of it, they have the option of allowing the case to go before a judge or offer a settlement if they accept the blame or simply want to avoid the courtroom altogether. And when a settlement is offered and accepted before the case makes it to court, it will be closed, and you can then move forward with your life and leave the incident behind you.
How often are settlements offered to victims of police brutality in NY?
Based on information gathered by the New York Post, it seems as though more than half of the cases filed against NYC police officers alone ended with a settlement. Between 2013 and 2018, the source cited that there were approximately 11,404 lawsuits brought against New York City for officer misconduct of which an estimated 5,8000 received a settlement payout. More than 3,000 of those settlement payments ranged between $5,001 to $25,000. The city also paid $5,000 or less per case for 530 other officer misconduct cases. In total, the city paid approximately $384 million to settle lawsuits over the course of those five years.
Now, one thing you need to understand about settlements is just because one is offered after a suit is filed against a police officer, it doesn’t mean the city or the department is willing to take the blame for the allegations that have been made against the officer. The truth is, many police departments and/or cities would much rather prefer paying an alleged victim money to end the matter rather than have any negative light shed on it or its officers.
With that in mind, whether you are looking to strike a deal with the City of Brooklyn or the Brooklyn Police Department or want to take your case to trial after being mistreated or injured by an officer, you will need to be represented by an aggressive and knowledgeable Brooklyn, NY police brutality attorney. The attorneys at the Greenberg Law Firm are some of the best police brutality lawyers in the Brooklyn area who can help you determine if filing a civil lawsuit is the best option and if so, how far you should go with your case to ensure justice is served for the way an officer has treated you.
If you would like to learn more about this firm and how one of its reputable NY police misconduct lawyers can help you, give them a call at 718-797-1800 to schedule a free consultation.
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Brooklyn, NY 11201