Shot to Death or Shocked to Death August 14, 2010.
Law enforcement is a tough job. It’s even tougher when suspects die a wrongful death by Taser.
More and more these days it’s pretty common to see news stories about someone dying as a result of being shocked with a Taser for too long. Their heart rhythm is interrupted and quite often, without prompt medical help, they will die. "There have even been stories of suspects and citizens ‘asking’ to be shocked, because they wanted to see what it felt like. Unfortunately, police in some instances have obliged them and they died," commented Christopher Mellino, a Cleveland medical malpractice lawyer of the Mellino Law Firm LLC, in Ohio.
Wrongful death may come in many forms, but typically we tend to read about the deaths that are more newsworthy and spectacular; the deaths caused by being shot or Tasered. Sadly, it seems that Taser deaths are getting to be almost as common as gunshot wounds (GSW). Statistics have shown that more than 80 Americans die every day as a result of GSW – eighty people who met an untimely and wrongful death; death that was brought to them with malice aforethought.
"Granted that people who kill with guns generally get charged with homicide, a criminal offense, they could also face the civil charge of wrongful death filed by the victim of the family. Such is also the case when someone dies as a result of being Tasered for too long," Mellino pointed out. "Certainly, cases that involve the use of a Taser by law enforcement that results in death are difficult, but lately, many of them have been settled by the police department and/or their local governments, which does point out that someone recognizes that the overuse of the Taser isn’t a good idea," he observed.
"The bottom line here is that if you have been in a situation like this, or are currently in a situation like this, you will want to speak to a highly experienced wrongful death attorney. Someone needs to fill you in on what your rights are and what compensation you may be able to expect in a case such as this," he added. "And that won’t happen unless you contact an attorney as soon as you can and start asking pointed questions. As I mentioned earlier, these kinds of cases are tricky, and you need a good attorney to help you get compensation."