Almost everyone has at some point in time mistaken a stranger for someone they know or has been the subject of a mistaken identity. Mistaken identities of this nature are usually harmless. However, when cases of mistaken identity involve the police, the courts, or other serious matters, the accident of mistaking one person for another can have major consequences.
In police chases, 911 calls, and suspect reports, police are often operating on limited information such as a rough physical description of the suspect or the suspect’s car. With such general descriptions, cases of mistaken identity can easily occur. Unfortunately, the innocent person who is apprehended in place of the real suspect may be injured or suffer damages from the mistake. In particularly tragic cases, an innocent person may even be killed because of a mistake made by the police or witnesses.
If you have been injured in a case of mistaken identity, you may be a victim of police misconduct or other wrongdoing, and you may be entitled to compensation for your injuries and damages. A personal injury lawyer can review the details of your case and help you determine the best course of legal action so that the liable parties are held accountable.