Judge OK’s California Brain Injury Lawsuit Over Use of Taser
A California judge’s ruling in a case involving the use of a Taser that caused brain damage has cleared the way for a lawsuit to proceed to trial. Lawyers for Taser International hoped for a dismissal of the claim that their product caused the victim’s heart to stop and oxygen deprivation that led to brain damage. However, the judge ruled otherwise and ordered Taser International to pay the plaintiff’s legal expenses for defending a portion of their bad faith motion.
The lawsuit involves a 48-year-old man with a history of mental illness who was tasered three times by police when he refused to leave a Metro bus in Santa Cruz. The complaint claims that the Taser shocks caused the man’s heart to stop beating. The lack of resuscitation caused the permanently disabling brain injuries. Taser International has steadfastly maintained that their weapons are safe to use and do not cause serious or fatal injuries. However, in fall 2009, the company issued a memo to law enforcement agencies across the country, advising officers to avoid striking suspects in the chest with the electrodes.
Although many different types of accidents can cause brain injuries, Samer Habbas, a skilled brain injury lawyer in Los Angeles, knows that the results are devastating for victims and their families. They must contend with the debilitating physical damage that brain injuries frequently cause as well as the catastrophic costs of hospital bills and ongoing care. If a loved one has suffered a brain injury and you want to know your legal options, call Southern California brain injury attorney Samer Habbas today to schedule a free consultation.
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