A new lawsuit highlights the dangers of using Taser stun guns. According to aboutlawsuits.com, a California man recently filed suit against Taser International after suffering serious brain damage when police used a Taser stun gun on him. The Taser stun gun, an electric control device, caused abnormal heart rhythms and cardiac arrest. The man was resuscitated, but he suffered brain damage and permanent disabilities as a result of the Taser stun gun. Taser International claims Taser stun guns are safe and do not pose risks for fatal or permanent injury. However, the company issued a warning to police officers telling them to avoid shooting people in the chest because it could result in cardiac arrest. The trial is to begin in August.
The American Heart Association describes how this man’s injury resulted. The organization explains that severe brain damage and permanent death begin to occur just 4 to 6 minutes after someone experiences cardiac arrest. Cardiac arrest can be reversed if treatment occurs quickly. However, the person’s chances of survival decrease 7 to 10 percent for every minute spent without performing CPR or defibrillation. The American Heart Association notes that during the first 10 months after automated external defibrillators were installed in Chicago airports, 64 percent of people suffering a Chicago cardiac arrest incident in the airports were revived with no resulting brain damage.
Similar to the Taser stun gun lawsuit, our Chicago brain injury attorneys have experience representing clients who suffer cardiac arrest as a result of someone else’s negligence. For example, we reached a $1.1 million settlement against a village, its paramedics and a hospital because their failure to timely transport a man to the hospital and provide resuscitative measures resulted in the man suffering cardiac arrest. If you or a family member have suffered cardiac arrest or brain damage and believe someone is at fault, call our Illinois brain injury lawyers because you may be entitled to recovery.