What you need to know when filing a Cleveland civil rights case
If your rights have been violated and you are ready to file a claim, come prepared to prove the fault of the other party. Gather all of the evidence you have that shows you were subjected to discrimination.
Acceptable forms of evidence include:
- Housing applications
- Rejection letters
- Employer agreements
- Pay stubs
- Witness accounts
- Doctor’s notes
- Police reports
Essentially, any document that may show evidence of discrimination with an associated time and place might be used for evidence. We strongly encourage you to meet with a personal injury attorney who can help you identify and evaluate your evidence.
Beginning Your Civil Rights Claim
Depending on the type of discrimination you experienced, you should file a complaint with an appropriate Cleveland civil rights agency. In fact, certain types of cases require you to fill out a complaint with a government agency.
If your case becomes a lawsuit, it will be handled in federal court. This process can be long and complicated. The court will examine the evidence and there will be opportunities for the defendant to respond. Your case may be settled outside of court, and if not, the trial process will proceed.
If a civil rights settlement is reached in court, there may be an opportunity for you or the defendant to appeal the decision. So, even if you win an award for damages, the appeals may cause your case to continue for months or even years.
Why you should work with an attorney
At The Cochran Firm Cleveland, our attorneys have years of experience that will benefit your case. When you work with us we will give you valuable legal advice and fight by your side to get you the compensation you deserve.
We know that civil rights cases are complicated, but we will help you understand exactly what you need to do.
Our founder, Johnnie L Cochran Jr, dedicated his life to defending injured people against corporations, government agencies, and discrimination. We honor his legacy by dedicating ourselves to aggressively defending our clients through their legal battles.
Contact The Cochran Firm Cleveland Civil Rights Lawyers Today
If your civil rights have been violated, now is the time to start your case. We offer FREE consultations to help you evaluate your situation. Visit us at our Cleveland Ohio office, give us a call, or fill out a consultation form today.