Washtenaw County News
In Washtenaw County, a lawsuit was filed on behalf of seven minor prisoners (all of whom were unnamed because of their ages). The allegations were that of sexual abuse claims and physical assaults.
The suit was filed in the Washtenaw County Trial Court and it named numerous officials as defendants: Governor Rick Snyder and the Michigan Department of Corrections to name two.
The complaint alleges that the Dept. of Corrections failed to separate its juvenile prisoners with the adult prisoners, which is a requirement by law. In addition, the complaint also alleges that the defendants knew about the abuse and did not take corrective action.
These are children as young as 13 years old that were being mixed in with adult prisoners.
The crux of the complaint is that of negligence. It’s what the prison could have done to avoid the abuse, and what they didn’t do: they breached their duty to their occupants, and, as a result of that breach, there were injuries, serious injuries.
We don’t often write about these types of stories, but I think that’s important for people to understand that abuse – be it sexual, physical, or emotional – are all different actionable claims in Michigan.
Most people are unaware that there are civil Michigan assault and battery claims. That’s right: if you’ve been involved in a bar fight, or if someone intentionally smashed their car into yours, or if you were touched inappropriately, then there are civil lawsuits that you can file to put yourself in as close to the position as you were in before the act.
Our Southfield, Michigan personal injury firm has been handling these types of Michigan personal injury claims for over 30 years, and if you’ve been injured, then we are here for you:
We use our blog as a place to update you about Michigan’s ever-changing laws and like to provide you with tips to reduce the very injuries that we often defend.