If you are involved in state or federal civil rights litigation, you may have lost a job or face mounting expenses, and you may need help with daily living expenses or to make up for lost income.
State and federal civil rights laws prohibit government and private parties from discriminating against people based on race, sex, age, disability, national origin, religion, or certain other characteristics.
Following are some examples of civil rights violations that are commonly involved in these types of legal claims:
- Employment discrimination
- Housing discrimination
- Government discrimination
- Police brutality / Misconduct
- False arrest
- Wrongful conviction
From sexual harassment to racial discrimination, civil rights violations can take many forms, but they all have one thing in common: fighting for your rights can be difficult and time-consuming.
Civil Rights Lawsuit Process
A state or federal civil rights lawsuit can be a lengthy process. A civil rights lawsuit can take several years from the start to the court’s decision on your case. Some lawsuits can take many years depending on several unknown variables. And if the case settles, it could still be many months or up to a year to finally receive any of the settlement proceeds. Let’s take a look at the process and timing of what could be a typical civil rights lawsuit.
- Investigation and Initial Case Assessment – One to Three Months: During this time, your attorney will gather all the necessary information about the civil rights violation you suffered and determine the best way to approach your case.
- Initial Court Filing – Three to Four Months: At this stage, your attorney has filed the complaint, and the court will notify the defendant, and a series of answers and counter answers will ensue.
- Motion to Dismiss – Four to Twelve Months: During any lawsuit, it’s common for the defendant to file motions to dismiss after the initial court filing. Defendants file these motions in an attempt to get a case dismissed quickly, early in the process.
- Discovery – Six to Nine Months: This step is where each party seeks the evidence from the other party. During discovery, experts can be hired to provide expert opinions to support their position or rebut the other party’s position.
- Summary Judgment – Six to Twelve Months: After all the evidence has been presented, attorneys for either party may file for a Summary Judgment. The purpose is to have the court render a decision on the entire case without going to trial or getting a partial decision before going to trial.
- Trial Preparation – Two to Three Months: At this stage in the process, the parties and their legal teams determine their final strategy and how to present their cases to the jury.
- Trial – Days to Weeks: The big day comes, and both parties present their arguments to the jury for them to determine the outcome of the lawsuit.
- Settlement Payment – Three to Twelve Months: Settlement could happen at any stage of the process. If the case is settled, depending on the sum you are awarded and the defendant’s finances, it could take anywhere between three to twelve months for payment to be tendered.
Civil Rights Lawsuit Settlement Difficulties
Unlike other lawsuits, a civil rights lawsuit is often mentally and emotionally draining because the plaintiff has suffered a form of discrimination that inherently violated their rights. In addition, winning the case and being awarded a settlement could take years, with the average between two to three years. If the violation affected your income or livelihood directly, you could be under financial stress for years until you receive your settlement.
One way to alleviate this financial stress is to obtain pre-settlement funding for your civil rights lawsuit. Discuss this option with your attorney, as it could provide you with a source of income to pay your mortgage, car loans, or any other item you need capital for. If this is the right option for you, USClaims can help you with pre-settlement funding.
How USClaims Can Help During Your Civil Rights Lawsuit
If you are involved in a civil rights litigation lawsuit, you may feel you’re David going up against a Goliath. The civil rights violation may have resulted in a lost job; you may need help with daily living expenses or to make up for lost income.
At USClaims, we can help you get the funding you need to cover your expenses while you wait for your case to settle in court. Contact USClaims to learn how we can help you get civil rights lawsuit funding today.
If you find yourself in financial straits while your State or federal civil rights lawsuit case proceeds, financial assistance may be a valuable tool to allow you to continue the fight. We can partner with you to help you reach your goal of a fair settlement.
At USClaims, we offer pre-settlement funding, if a case is qualified for pre-settlement funding then we would purchase a portion of the proceeds of the anticipated court judgment or settlement for some cash now. USClaims only gets paid if a case is won or has reached a settlement! Apply now or call us today at 1-877-USCLAIMS to learn more.