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Injury Law Terms:
A name given to a group of rights possessed by all citizens granted and protected by the U.S. Constitution. In civil law, civil rights may refer to laws governing equality of race and gender that are violated by discrimination or may refer to more general rights of citizens that are violated by police brutality, wrongful arrest, hate crimes or interference with access to health care, just to name a few examples.
Civil law allows individuals whose civil rights have been violated to file a lawsuit against private companies as well as government agencies in order to recover damages as well as to potentially modify practices that infringe on civil rights.
If you believe you have been the victim of a civil rights violation, you most likely have the option of filing a lawsuit against those responsible for any harm suffered as a result. Following are a few things to consider before filing a lawsuit for a civil rights violation -- including the requirement that you file a government claim before filing a lawsuit in some types of cases, the choice of where to file (federal or state court), and what to expect in a lawsuit.