Parents file lawsuit against Taser International for son’s death

On behalf of Romanucci & Blandin, LLC posted in Product Liability on Monday, March 25, 2013

When a Chicago company produces a product that injures or kills someone, that company should be held responsible. The public has a right to believe that products that are being sold in the United States are safe and do not pose a risk to their health.

A couple has filed a lawsuit against Taser International whom they claim produced a Taser that was defective and not safe. They feel the death of their 24-year-old son was caused by the Taser and have filed a wrongful death and product liability lawsuit against the company. Although the company has alleged that the Taser’s prongs never entered the man’s body, and therefore could not have caused him any harm, witnesses on the scene and at the hospital have said otherwise.

The couple’s son lived in Chicago, but was visiting another state at the time of the incident that caused his death. Evidently authorities were called in the early morning hours to a bar where a fight was taking place. The man went into cardiac arrest after the responding officers used a Taser on him. He was transported to the hospital, but died less than a week later.

The family also filed a lawsuit with the city police department and recently won an undisclosed settlement. They claimed the officers used excessive force and that they were not trained properly.

Although nothing can bring back their son, these parents did the right thing by hiring a lawyer to hold the city and the company who manufactures the Tasers responsible. By doing this, hopefully no other family will have to endure this type of situation again.

Source: Dayton Daily News, “Oxford settles Taser lawsuit,” Denise G. Callahan, Mar. 7, 2013