Law enforcement has recently taken measures for less lethal options of subduing suspects. A popular choice has been using a Taser. However, because of serious injuries and fatalities arising out of police using a Taser, lawsuits are seriously increasing.
Taser’s are kill fewer people than using more extreme measures, such as gun, but still have life-altering results.
Taser’s use up to fifty thousand volts of electrical charge. In order for the Taser to use the electric charge, prongs are implanted in the skin. This creates the possibility of multiple or extended shocks. Because Taser’s are seen as less harmful than guns, law enforcement have begun to use Taser’s more frequently. Even law enforcement agencies agree that the increased use of Taser’s is becoming too recurrent.
Since 2001, over 500 people in the U.S. have been killed by Taser’s, according to Amnesty International.
Although you may have a case over injury or wrongful death by Taser, it’s important to consider these two aspects:
Law enforcement immunity: Some police officers qualify for immunity for harm and injury while on the job. In addition, the law enforcement unit and/or state or county may have some form of supreme immunity. Also, shorter legal time deadlines and notice requirements apply to claims against a government entity.
Product Liability Issues: If the Taser is defectively designed or manufactured, then you may not have a lawsuit against the law enforcement unit, but rather against the manufacturer of Taser. Sufficient warnings regarding potential hazards are also required. Failing to provide warning can also be a reason to hold the Taser manufacturer responsible.
Studies show that Taser’s are dangerous and more and more evidence is being compiled to attest to it. A study by Indiana University School of Medicine found that seven out of eight people Tased that lost consciousness experienced cardiac arrest and died. Advocates of Taser have criticized this study, stating that the author testified as an expert witness in all eight cases. The author also supposedly received a rate of $1,200 per hour.
Despite the question of validity in that study, no one can argue the hazardous injuries that a Taser can inflict. Besides the possibility of cardiac incident caused by the electrical shock, the probes have also caused death by striking a suspect in the head. The probes penetrated the man’s skull and caused injury to his frontal lobe.
If you have had a Kansas Taser injury that was not your fault and need medical treatment, you need an experienced professional who can help you get back on the road to recovery. Call us today at 316-269-1414 or visit our contact page here. Our Kansas personal injury attorneys will provide you a free initial consultation and if we take your case you don’t pay a dime unless we recover money for you. Even then we only take a percentage of the total amount of your recovery.
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