Last week, a jury awarded the family of Darryl Turner $10 million in their taser death lawsuit. The lawsuit was held in North Carolina concerning the wrongful death of Darryl Turner. The family sued Taser International, Inc. after Darryl died in a supermarket in Charlotte in March 2008, after being shot in the chest by the company’s Taser Model X26. The plaintiffs claimed that the manufacturer was negligent for failing to warn the police officers that shooting the taser gun into a person’s chest could cause cardiac arrest. As a Weston Wrongful Death Lawyer, it is very tragic to here that it took the death of this teenager for the manufacturer to think to warn its customers about the proper use of its product.
According to the lawsuit, Darryl Turner was tasered for 37 seconds and after that period of time he stopped moving. However, the police officer stunned him again for another five seconds for not putting his hands behind his back. As a Weston Injury Lawyer, I think that it is worth nothing that there was a police brutality lawsuit that was settled out of court for $625,000. Additionally, the city has retrained officers on tasers and the appropriate uses and applications of them.
Another interesting point is that Darryl Turner was not on drugs, nor did he exhibit any signs of heart disease prior to the taser incident. As a Weston Wrongful Death Attorney, my opinion is that this contributed to the plaintiffs’ arguments, since it makes it even clearer that the taser, not any previous medical conditions, was the ultimate cause of death. Despite the large damage award, this really isn’t a victory for the family since they tragically and wrongfully lost their son.
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