Since 1939, the Murphy family has been fighting for civil rights in the Baltimore area. We have seen decades of civil rights’ violations and have been fighting for justice every step of the way.
Murphy, Falcon & Murphy established their firm on the principles of justice, respect, and dignity, upholding those traits with every case we work with. If you feel you’ve been the victim of discrimination, police brutality, hate crime, or racial profiling, contact our office today to schedule a free consultation with one of our Baltimore civil rights lawyers. We want to help you.
Founding partner Judge William “Billy” Murphy, Jr. began his crusade into law to follow in the footsteps of his father, Judge William H. Murphy, Sr. In 1939, Judge Murphy, Sr. enrolled in the University of Maryland Law School as the third African American student in attendance. At the time, the president of the school offered to pay Murphy’s tuition and expenses to Harvard in an effort to keep his campus segregated. Judge Murphy passed on the offer and received his J.D. from the school in 1946, after also serving time in World War II.
Following in his father’s footsteps, Judge Billy Murphy, Jr. received his J.D. also, and helped establish the firm Baltimore personal injury and civil rights law firm, Murphy, Falcon & Murphy. During this time, the firm has represented many different civil rights cases with tremendous results. For nearly 45 years, Murphy has been the lawyer to call for the disenfranchised in the Baltimore area.
Civil rights protected by law include unfair treatment due to race, nationality, disability, gender, age, and religion. Discrimination of this sort can take on many different forms.
Two main types of lawsuits exist: civil and criminal. A civil case often serves to provide reparation to injured victims of accidents, while a criminal case aims to convict and penalize wrongdoers. Civil lawsuits generally deal with torts (wrongful acts) or contracts. At the heart of most civil claims is negligence, or failure to take reasonable care, resulting in property damage or injuries.
To have grounds for a civil case, you need four main elements:
With more than 70 years of experience handling civil claims, our Baltimore law firm is uniquely suited to identify what is and is not grounds for a claim. No two cases are alike, but some common circumstances often lead to civil lawsuits. Our lawyers can come up with many examples of civil cases, including many that are likely comparable to yours. We know how to help each distinct client. The following are a few examples of civil cases that could arise in Baltimore:
If you’re unsure whether you have a civil lawsuit on your hands, contact our attorneys to find out. We’ll discuss your individual case in detail during a no-cost legal consultation. Our firm handles a wide range of civil cases in Maryland.
If you believe you have grounds to file a civil case against your Baltimore employer or another party, talk with an attorney as soon as you can. Acting quickly and taking the correct steps toward justice can expedite your claim and help you avoid time-consuming mistakes. Our attorneys can walk you through every step of the claims-filing process in Maryland.
If you have any questions about the following steps, don’t hesitate to contact us. Here’s how to pursue a civil case in 2018:
The claims-filing process comes with deadlines and requirements regardless of the type of claim. If the courts accept your claim, there will be a waiting period in which the defendant will have the chance to respond. A claim acceptance will lead to settlement negotiations. A denial will give you the opportunity to file a civil lawsuit against the defendant. Hiring a lawyer at any phase of the filing process can maximize your odds of a successful case and fair financial compensation.
Likely Judge Murphy’s highest profile case, Murphy, Falcon & Murphy defended the family of Freddie Gray. Gray, a native of Baltimore, died in April 2015 after sustaining a spinal injury while in police custody. Our firm secured a $6.4 million settlement for the family of Freddie Gray – even after the jury acquitted the police officers of guilt in Gray’s death. With the help of Baltimore Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake, the firm pushed to prevent future violence by requesting body cameras on the city’s police officers.
Our firm represented an individual who was the victim of police brutality and excessive force in New Jersey. A police officer released his K9 without justification during a routine traffic stop. The K9 attacked our client, leaving serious bite injuries on his legs. In addition, the officer placed a choke-hold on our client, resulting in a massive stroke. All of this occurred in front of the victim’s wife and two children.
Murphy, Falcon & Murphy filed claims for the victim, his wife, and each of his children. The use of excessive force by the arresting officer resulted in a settled lawsuit of $4,999,999.99. The monetary value of the settlement will help ensure our client receives the proper medical treatment he will require for the rest of his life.
A client’s family came to us after learning that a family member had suffered a paralyzing neck injury that has left him a quadriplegic while in police custody. While in a holding cell, our client incited an altercation with the officer on duty. The officer responded with excessive force, which resulted in our client’s permanent paralysis.
Murphy, Falcon & Murphy defended this client, who received $44 million award for injuries and emotional distress caused during the event.
Civil cases encompass discrimination and harassment lawsuits, estate planning, family law, landlord/tenant disputes, wrongful death claims and complaints against professionals such as doctors or attorneys.
If you were a victim of police brutality, excessive force, or other methods of discrimination call Murphy, Falcon & Murphy today. We’ll discuss your case and your rights with you for free. We’ve been fighting for civil rights for decades and have the experience and resources to help you during your case.