Jail / Prison Misconduct and Medical Neglect

Too often, when wrongful death or serious injury occurs in jail or prison, victims and their families are left wondering where to turn for answers. Budge & Heipt focuses on obtaining answers and achieving justice for the victims of these civil rights violations.
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Excessive Force by Police

Budge & Heipt focuses on cases involving the unjustified use of force by police, resulting in serious injury or wrongful death. We’re committed to obtaining justice for the victims of these civil rights violations and their families.
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Police Brutality

We are experienced in all types of police abuse and excessive force cases involving death or serious injury.


Restraint Asphyxia

We represent victims of restraint asphyxia and suffocation by police, resulting in death or serious injury.


Police Shootings

Contact us if you or your loved one was the victim of wrongful deadly force involving a police shooting.

Jail Abuse/Medical Neglect

We hold jails and prisons accountable for medical neglect of inmates or pretrial detainees.


Drug / Alcohol Withdrawal

We seek justice for alcohol or drug withdrawal in jail or prison, including Xanax and similar benzodiazepines.



We handle cases involving asphyxiation or suffocation resulting in death or serious injury in jail or prison.


“The fight is won or lost far away from witnesses ⎯ behind the lines, in the gym, and out there on the road, long before I dance under those lights.”

– Muhammad Ali –


Main Practice Areas

Our lawyers are highly sought after for their skilled and compassionate representation of family members and victims of wrongful death or serious injury due to jail or prison-related mistreatment or neglect, police shootings, and other forms of police brutality. We have obtained some of the largest verdicts and settlements in the country for victims of these civil rights violations.

Based in Seattle, the attorneys at Budge & Heipt have won substantial verdicts and settlements against police departments, jails, prisons, private jail companies, and private correctional healthcare companies. Because our work involves violations of the U.S. Constitution, our lawyers have handled these cases in federal courts across the nation. We have handled wrongful death and serious injury cases involving in-custody deaths in Oregon, Alaska, Hawaii, Nevada, Colorado, Wisconsin, Texas, Washington, Tennessee, Arkansas and elsewhere, and we routinely review cases from other states as well. Our attorneys have obtained more than $120 million in settlements and judgments against counties, cities, states, and corporations.

We invite you to learn more about our focus on cases involving wrongful death in jail and prison, police brutality, excessive force, and other neglect and abuse cases by clicking on the links above. Please contact our office online or by telephone to discuss your case. There is absolutely no cost or obligation to do so.


Other Practice Areas

In addition to our work involving police misconduct, excessive force and abuse or neglect in prison or jail cases, we have additional experience achieving justice in other areas.

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If you or a loved one has been a victim of serious injury and/or death at the hands of police or in jail or prison, tell us about your case.