Friday, January 8, 2010

Lawsuit filed for taser caused death

A few days ago, I reported that the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals recognized a cause of action for injuries caused by a police officer using a taser-gun. (See here and here.) With that decision now in the books and given the many reports we keep getting of inappropriate use of such weapons, I am sure we will begin to see more claims filed. Here is an example, reported by The family of a 33 year-old doctor who died after being shot with a stun gun by Nevada Highway Patrol officer has filed a lawsuit in the U.S. District Court in Las Vegas against Taser International, alleging that the stun gun maker failed to adequately warn about the potentially fatal effects of Tasers. Go here for the full story.

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