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Stun Gun Maker Sued Over Teen’s Death

Posted on Mar 16, 2010 4:50pm PDT

The family of a North Carolina teenager who was killed after police tasered him with a stun gun has filed a lawsuit against the gun's manufacturer.

Darryl Wayne Turner, 17, died of cardiac arrest after Charlotte police officers used a taser on him during a confrontation at the grocery store where he worked. Although the city of Charlotte will not admit to any wrongdoing, they did pay Turner's family $625,000 last August.

Now Tuner's family has filed a lawsuit against Taser International, claiming the company failed to warn its customers that the weapon could potentially be lethal if used near the chest.

A spokesperson for Taser International would not comment on the case because it is still pending, but did say the company stands by the safety of their products.

At Lanier Law Group, P.A., we offered experienced legal counsel to victims of defective product injuries throughout all of North Carolina. Product makers have a legal obligation to ensure their products are safe for public consumption. Part of that obligation includes making sure any products made available to the public are packaged with proper warning labels. Without warning labels that clearly state the dangers and risks associated with using the product, as well as the proper way to use the product to reduce the risk of injury or death, the designer, manufacturer, distributor, and/or retailer can be held liable for damages in a product liability lawsuit.

In addition to handling defective products claims, we also represent victims of police brutality and excessive force. Sometimes police officers take their position of power and authority a little too seriously and cross the line. If you believe an officer's use of excessive force led to your injury, you can turn to Lanier Law Group, P.A. for help.

To arrange a free consultation with an experienced North Carolina personal injury attorney to discuss your claim, contact Lanier Law Group, P.A. today at 855-234-7619!

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