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Protect Your Constitutional Civil Rights.


The most important federal law you can use to protect your constitutional rights against government misconduct is 42 USC Section 1983. This law is commonly referred to as Section 1983.


Section 1983 gives private citizens the right to sue the government and its employees for constitutional violations. For you, a Section 1983 lawsuit may be the only way to protect yourself against abuse by state, county, or city officials.


The best known example of a Section 1983 lawsuit is a police brutality case where a law enforcement officer violates a citizen’s constitutional right to be free from excessive use of force.


Section 1983 is frequently used to enforce the first ten amendments to the U.S. Constitution, which are known as the “Bill of Rights.” Common examples of Section 1983 cases include:


  • First Amendment claims involving your right to freedom of speech, religion, and association
  • Fourth Amendment claims involving your right to be free from false arrest, illegal detention, malicious prosecution and intentional police abuse
  • Eighth Amendment claims involving your right to be free from cruel and unusual punishment
  • Fourteenth Amendment claims involving your right to be free from deprivations of life, liberty, or property without procedural due process.


Constitutional claims are exceedingly complex. If your constitutional rights have been violated, you need the immediate help of an intelligent and zealous Toledo Lawyer.


Do I Have a Good 42 USC Section 1983 Case?


The first thing Attorney Dennis E. Sawan does is weigh the strengths and weaknesses of the facts of your case. A good Section 1983 case often involves a private citizen who has suffered a serious or catastrophic injury because of a government official’s intentional wrongdoing.


The most common Section 1983 cases are:


  • Excessive force claims against law enforcement officers who engage in police brutality or unreasonably use deadly force
  • False arrest claims against law enforcement officers who abuse their arrest and detention powers
  • Freedom of speech claims against public employers that punish or wrongfully terminate their employees when they speak out on a matter of public concern
  • Sexual abuse claims against government officials who use their position of authority to commit sexual assaults


Section 1983 was initially created in 1871 to protect African Americans in the South from the Ku Klux Klan. As a result, you may hear it referred to it as the Ku Klux Klan Act or the Civil Rights Act of 1871. However, today Section 1983 is the primary law used to obtain justice for all people who are abused by government officials.


Toledo Personal Injury Attorney Dennis E. Sawan can help you determine if the government has violated your constitutional rights or a federal statutory right. It is vital that you meet with competent counsel before making a decision.


Section 1983 litigation requires significant time and resources, and as such, are reserved for only the most serious constitutional violations and catastrophic harm, including wrongful death.


Choosing the Right Toledo Section 1983 Litigation Lawyer


A Section 1983 civil action is perhaps the most powerful tool to hold government officials accountable when constitutional rights are violated.If your constitutional rights have been violated, you may be entitled to substantial monetary compensation. Depending on the facts of your case, an experienced Toledo civil rights litigation attorney can help you recover money for any of the following:


  • General damages to compensate you for pain and suffering, mental anguish, and loss of enjoyment of life
  • Special damages to compensate you for past and future lost wages, medical bills, and other out-of-pocket expenses
  • Punitive damages to punish government officials who act with malice or reckless indifference to your federally protected rights


Government officials will almost never admit that they have violated your constitutional rights. That is why the key to your success is to seek advice from a skilled Toledo lawyer. Call Toledo Personal Injury Lawyer Dennis E. Sawan today at 1-866-INJURY-0 or 419-900-0955 to discuss your case.


Contact me today for a free consultation of your case at 1-866-INJURY-0 or 419-900-0955.



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