Having been the target of many defective product claims in the past, the Taser stun gun is being challenged again in a California case which alleges that the weapon caused cardiac arrest and, indirectly, brain damage. Police officers used Tasers to subdue Steven Butler, a 48-year-old Santa Cruz resident with a history of mental illness, when he refused to exit a city bus. After being hit, Butler experienced cardiac arrest; the case claims that problems with the resuscitation process led to brain damage and permanent disability. Butler’s lawsuit against Taser International claims that the firm does not adequately warn users about the potential for cardiac problems.
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