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Your civil rights are guaranteed privileges and rights that cannot be interfered with or denied by another. Examples of fundamental civil rights include the right to vote, the right to equality, freedom of speech, freedom of religion, and the right to assembly. The first ten amendments to the U.S. Constitution—the Bill of Rights—contain the constitutional origins of what Americans consider the basis of our enforceable freedoms and rights.

Citizens seek the assistance of civil rights attorneys when their civil liberties, as described in the U.S. Constitution and Bill of Rights, are violated by an individual or other entity. Complicated by rules of interpretive law and constitutional law, civil rights violations are best handled by experienced civil rights attorneys who have extensive knowledge of civil rights case law and judicial processes guiding litigation of a civil rights violation.

If you believe your civil rights have been violated, contact the Hawaii civil rights lawyers at Davis Levin Livingston for a free consultation: (808) 740-0633.

Types of Civil Rights Violations

Actionable civil rights violations involve the threat or use of force occurring in:

  • Misconduct, excessive force or abuse by law enforcement personnel
  • Prison abuse
  • Hate crimes
  • Unlawful searches and seizures
  • Cruel and unusual punishment
  • Employment discrimination
  • Religious discrimination
  • Obstruction of your right to bear arms, right to due process, right to freedom from self-incrimination and the right to have a lawyer represent your civil rights case

Constitutional amendments concerning civil rights laws that protect people of any race, color or gender began with the establishment of the Thirteenth Amendment of 1865 abolishing involuntary servitude and slavery in the U.S. This amendment was ultimately followed by the Civil Rights Act of 1866, the Fourteenth Amendment, the Fifteenth Amendment and one of the most important additions to the Bill of Rights, the Civil Rights Act of 1964.

Statute of Limitations for Filing a Civil Rights Case

Each state has its own statute of limitations limiting the time you have to file a civil rights lawsuit. In Hawaii, you have 90 days to file an employment discrimination case and one year to file a housing discrimination case. No specified time limit has been ascribed to other types of civil rights complaints.

Hawaii civil rights attorney Davis Levin Livingston strongly urges anyone who thinks they have had their civil rights violated to contact him immediately to schedule a free consultation. The sooner your civil rights lawsuit is initiated, the greater your chance for receiving the justice and compensation you deserve.

Compensation for Civil Rights Lawsuits

Litigants suing the government or other authoritative entities for civil rights abuses and winning their case will be awarded “injunctive relief,” monetary compensation, or both. Injunctive relief is indicated when the court orders a defendant to cease discriminatory or other specific behaviors against the plaintiff. This kind of legal resolution is commonly implemented when the plaintiff is harmed by actions perpetrated by the defendant for which money cannot completely compensate the plaintiff.

You may also receive special damages, general damages, and punitive damages if the court finds your civil rights have been violated.

Dedicated to Defending Your Constitutional Rights

Davis Levin Livingston and its partners have made a life-long commitment to ensuring that civil rights and civil liberties are protected. Partners Mark Davis and Michael Livingston have both acted as staff and volunteer attorneys for the American Civil Liberties Union; Partner Stan Levin is the former lead litigation attorney for the Legal Aid Society of Hawaii.

The firm has litigated extensively on behalf of individuals whose first amendment freedom of speech has been limited by government action.

Cases in which the firm has recently been involved include the following:

  • A class action lawsuit settled on behalf of Hawaii prisoners who were wrongfully detained after having been found innocent of charges brought against them.
  • A class action lawsuit settled on behalf of protesters who wanted to peacefully demonstrate at an international meeting of the World Trade Organization.
  • A class action lawsuit settled on behalf of hand billers who were distributing commercial leaflets in Waikiki.

Civil Rights in the News

For more information, or for a free consultation, contact Davis Levin Livingston online or by phone at (808) 740-0633 today. 

Four Decades of Record Breaking Victories

  • $104,000,000 Child Sex Abuse

    We're proud to have secured a landmark $104 million settlement for victims of abuse against Kamehameha School. This ground-breaking case marks a significant victory for the victims, with the school agreeing to settle.

  • $29,400,000 Medical Malpractice

    Physicians at Tripler Army Medical Center failed to order a crucial test that would have detected a twisted gut in a 1-month-old baby, resulting in the loss of 95% of the baby's small intestine and leading to lifelong disability.

  • $15,400,000 Wrongful Death

    The state has agreed to a $15.4 million settlement in a civil lawsuit filed by the families of two hikers who fell to their deaths on a Kauai hiking trail in 2006.

  • $15,000,000 Vacuum/Forceps Injury

    The hospital improperly attempted to deliver a post-date baby using a traumatic second-stage vacuum extraction. This extraction and the delay in delivery resulted in permanent brain damage to the baby.

  • $9,975,000 Brain Injury

    The hospital's failure to monitor an infant's rising bilirubin levels led to bilirubin encephalopathy and kernicterus, resulting in severe and permanent brain damage. A settlement of $9,975,000 was obtained.

  • $9,500,000 Medical Malpractice

    Surgeons at Tripler Army Medical Center reattached the small intestine backward during gastric bypass surgery, leading to complications that ultimately resulted in the death of a 31-year-old Army wife and mother of three.

Why Davis Levin Livingston?

  • Available by phone 24/7 & ready to help.
  • Secured tens of millions of dollars on behalf of our clients.
  • Highest malpractice judgment in U.S. history against a military hospital.
  • Includes an experienced medical team including a nursing staff to answer your questions.
  • Mark Davis and Mike Livingston have been recognized as some of the best lawyers in Hawaii.
  • Resources available to advance your expenses; no cost or fees unless Davis Levin Livingston wins your case.

Dedicated Legal Counsel You Can Count On

Helping Families throughout hawaii for over 40 years
  • "Professional, KIND, and understanding"
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    Truly a wonderful experience with everyone at the firm. I can't thank you enough for helping provide closure for my family and me during this process. The absolute best firm in Hawaii. Compassion and professionalism at its best!
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