Visitor Question

Stabbed in jail…

Submitted By: Dennis (Hudson, Ohio)

While being held in a county jail before indictment, I was attacked while in my cell. I was stabbed multiple times in the head, in the face, side of head, and on the spine in the back of my head. I do not know what to do, and cannot afford to visit any medical institution.

I have no money, no job, no car, and have numerous issues to attend to that are leaving me unable to focus solely on this stabbing issue. I am clueless. I don’t even know what to ask. Can I do anything about this? Thank you.

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Answer

Dear Dennis,

You should have received medical treatment at the time you were stabbed. While you don’t mention any medical treatment, we must presume if the injuries were serious enough, you did receive treatment.

To hold the County liable for your injuries will require an almost impossible burden of proof. In most cases prisons, and less secure county jails, are filled mostly with just plain bad people. Many of them are belligerent, angry, narcissistic, and easily provoked.

Because of that it is often quite difficult for jail personnel to control acts of violence perpetrated by one or more prisoners upon other prisoners. As a result, prisoners who are injured by other prisoners, more often than not, do not have the basis of a gross negligence negligence claim against jail personnel, or the county by whom they are employed.

In your case, there is no evidence showing jail personnel were aware of the propensity toward violence of those prisoners who attacked you. If the jail personnel knew, or should have known those same prisoners were going to attack you, and failed to take appropriate measures to stop the attack, or protect you from the attack, then you might have a viable claim for gross negligence against the county.

The above is general information. Laws change frequently, and across jurisdictions. You should get a personalized case evaluation from a licensed attorney. Find a local attorney to give you a free case review here , or call (888) 647-2490.

Best of luck,

Published: January 27, 2015

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