Asked in Criminal Law, Personal Injury and Civil Rights for Missouri

Q: I was a inmate in custody being transported to Missouri from Michigan . Was in a accident in Kentucky

Was thrown against the cage while shackled . never was given option to go get checked out was told had to sign papers or no one would eat

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James L. Arrasmith
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  • Criminal Law Lawyer
  • Sacramento, CA

A: In your situation, where you were injured while being transported as an inmate, you may have legal rights that need to be addressed. The circumstances you described, particularly being denied medical attention and being coerced to sign papers under duress, raise serious concerns.

Firstly, irrespective of your inmate status, you have the right to medical care, especially after an incident like a vehicle accident. Denial of medical attention in such circumstances could be considered a violation of your rights. Additionally, being forced to sign documents under the threat of withholding food is not only ethically questionable but could also be legally problematic.

Given the complexity of your situation, involving multiple states and the special conditions of being in custody, it's advisable to seek legal advice. A lawyer experienced in civil rights or personal injury law, particularly one who deals with cases involving inmates, would be able to provide guidance specific to your case.

Remember, every individual, including inmates, has rights that need to be respected and protected. It’s important to explore your legal options to ensure that your rights are upheld and any injustices are addressed.

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