Brain injured man wins $2.85 million lawsuit against stun-gun maker
August 14, 2010
A California man injured after he was shocked with a stun gun in 2006 won a $2.8 million settlement against Taser International Inc. this summer. [SantaCruzSentinel]
Santa Cruz County Superior Court Judge Jeff Almquist declined Thursday to seal court documents detailing the settlement over the objections of Taser International Inc.
Steven Butler, 49, was intoxicated and off his psychiatric medication when he refused to get off a bus. A Watsonville police officer used a Taser to subdue him.
After being stunned, Butler went into cardiac arrest and stopped breathing. Medical personnel spent 18 minutes resuscitating Butler. As a result, he suffered brain damage, lost mobility and suffered a decrease in motor skills.
A portion of the settlement will be used to provide Butler’s family with $4,700 a month to provide the around-the-clock care he now requires.
In 2008, the family of Robert Heston Jr., a man who died after being stunned multiple times by a Salinas police officer, won a lawsuit against the city of Salinas and Taser International Inc.