Civil Rights and Governmental Liability

We regularly defend and provide risk management services to governmental entities, their employees and contractors. Our group also helps in developing and implementing civil rights policies and procedures to prevent liability, as well as conducting timely and efficient investigations to limit or eliminate potential exposure after a suit has been filed.

Through their collective experience, our Civil Rights and Governmental Liability lawyers have become intimately familiar with the often-complex procedural rules associated with federal and state tort claims acts, as well as the substantive elements necessary to obtain dismissal or a favorable verdict.

Civil Rights and Government Liability Services

Our attorneys have experience in advising governmental entities and their contractors in all aspects of employment litigation, including but not limited to:

-Federal Tort Claims Act matters
-Liability through waiver of immunity at the state and local level
-Medical malpractice claims made under tort claims act
-Police chase claims
-Prison and jail claims made pursuant to federal and state statutes
-Eighth Amendment liability
-Ordinary negligence claims made against prisons, jails and subcontractors protected by governmental immunity provisions
-Section 1983 and other civil rights litigation


Hagwood & Tipton also provides the following non-litigation services:

-Preparation of policies and procedures for municipalities and other governmental entities
-Preparation and advice for creating and implementing prisoner policies and procedures for jails and prisons