RECENT NEWS: STEVE WAS RECENTLY HIRED BY THE FAMILY OF A 17 YEAR OLD MALE WHO SUSTAINED INJURIES, INCLUDING A FRACTURED LEFT WRIST, WHILE ALLEGEDLY BEING RESTRAINED BY THREE (3) TEACHERS AT THE NEW VISIONS ACADEMY IN PRINCE GEORGES COUNTY, MARYLAND. WE WILL KEEP YOU UPDATED AS THIS CASE PROGRESSES.

If your child has been committed to a juvenile facility, you know how tough navigating the juvenile justice system can be. But what happens when your child is injured, maltreated or even killed while incarcerated at a juvenile facility? Needless to say, a child’s death or injury at the hands of the juvenile justice system can traumatize a family and cut short a life that still has potential. And unfortunately, mistreatment, malpractice, abuse, and negligence are rife within the juvenile system.

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While each state’s facilities and laws differ, a juvenile justice facility is expected to exercise a basic standard of care when it comes to juvenile offenders. This includes providing proper medical care and a humane, non-negligent supervised environment. Unfortunately, slashed budgets, hiring difficulties and administrative incompetence can create an unstable atmosphere within juvenile facilities that lead to juvenile facility malpractice, improper restraint and even the untimely deaths of juvenile inmates.

Every juvenile facility death or malpractice case is different and brings with it different challenges and legal requirements. For example, state statutes of limitations can come into play, limiting the time in which a minor child and his or her parents have to file a lawsuit in connection with juvenile facility malpractice. Facility records may be difficult to obtain and negligence is often hard to prove. For these reasons, it is suggested that the families of juvenile victims of malpractice or facility death seek a sensitive, aggressive and experienced attorney to conduct a thorough investigation and press charges, if necessary.

Attorney Steven H. Heisler practices law exclusively on behalf of injury victims, including those hurt by juvenile facility malpractice. He has years of experience fighting for the rights of injury victims in and out of court, obtaining settlements and favorable verdicts that total in the tens of millions of dollars. Known as an aggressive and tireless attorney, Heisler provides personalized service that is sensitive to the needs of the families of juvenile offenders who have been mistreated by the juvenile justice system.

If your family member has been killed or injured while in a juvenile detention facility, Steven H. Heisler can help. Contact “The Injury Lawyer” today for more information on whether you might qualify for legal representation.

Juvenile Facility Wrongful Death Case Results

Case Type: Juvenile Facility Wrongful Death
Settlement: $1,200,000

Steve and co-counsel represented the family of a teenage boy who died when several school counselors at the Youth facility he attended forcibly restrained him in a prone position for several hours, causing him to suffocate. The case settled in mediation for 1.2 million dollars.