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Taser Caused Death in Cincinnati Still May Be Wrongful

Thursday, June 14th, 2012

Everette Howard Jr 18 years old is dead . I say for no good reason. The Cincinnati Enquirer led with this headline Deters: Taser Death No Crime. The article had a bunch of conclusory statements , but no real investigation.

So now its left to the civil side of justice championed by personal injury lawyers, in this case Alphonse Gerhardstein, to answer the question was the death of Everette Howard negligently/recklessly caused by the police and/or was the taser manufacturer at fault.

I don’t know the answers given the sketchy information. But by gut tells me this boy should still be alive if it had not been for the taser. It was described that Police officer Richard Haas responded back on August 6th, 2011 after a fight was reported. Mr Howard and another person came towards the police officer and the one person dropped to the ground on orders of the police officer, but Howard continued towards the police officer with balled fists and was hit with the Taser. Howard then went into cardiac arrest.

Last week Coroner Sammarco found Howard’s death undetermined. My, my. Maybe the coroner should have read the recent article on the recent study published by the American Heart Association which concluded:

Conclusions—ECD stimulation can cause cardiac electrical capture and provoke cardiac arrest due to ventricular tachycardia/ventricular fibrillation. After prolonged ventricular tachycardia/ventricular fibrillation without resuscitation, asystole develops.

Something smells about this whole incident.  Why did it take 8 months not to find the cause of death. As Bob Dylan said, “You don’t need a weatherman to tell which way the wind is blowing.” Certainly if this man had not been tased he would still be alive. Just my opinion.

By Cincinnati personal injury lawyer Anthony Castelli




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Filing a Wrongful Death Suit can Protect Survivors

Wednesday, January 25th, 2012

Ehline Law Firm PC out in California has an interesting perspective on wrongfl death lawsuits in CA. California residents each year, unfortunately fall victim to wrongful death in the thousands each year in cities such as Reseda, Pasadena, and Arcadia. When the victim or “decedent” dies, they often leave behind a family and other grieving survivors. While these survivors then suffer a great deal of grief, they also soon find themselves also suffering financial burdens and losses that they had not only not expected but for which they had not prepared. To protect themselves from these unfair and unwelcome burdens, survivors will often be found filing a wrongful death suit against the party or parties responsible for the death.

When considering filing a wrongful death suit, it is vital that the survivors immediately consult a qualified and experienced wrongful death attorney to make sure their case not only qualifies but that they also know what to expect in the future. Not only can an experienced attorney often take the family’s case without out of pocket expenses through a contingency fee set up. This allows the survivors to pay out of the eventual settlement amount, making legal protection affordable and available to the grieving survivors. Wrongful deaths see many families filing wrongful death suits every year and understand the pain the survivors are going through. Their experience also allows them to foresee upcoming financial and other burdens that will soon occur of which the family might not even be aware!

A wrongful death attorney can not only help the family file a wrongful death suit to help get recompense for losses, but also prepare ahead for those losses to help keep the family safe and stable. Some survivors may not realize that they even have a right to file a wrongful death suit. While families are most often those filing the suit, there are others with relationship to the decedent who also may have a right to file in the wrongful death suit. A wrongful death attorney can fill the survivors in on all the requirements of a wrongful death suit as well as the likelihood of their success and what they might be able to expect as far as a settlement is concerned.

As there are often limitations on the time within which survivors can file, an attorney should be contacted as soon as possible when survivors are filing a wrongful death suit. 

This was a legal article from our friend Michael Ehline, of Ehline Law Firm PC, a personal injury attorney for Los Angeles at 633 West Fifth Street, 28th Floor, Los Angeles, CA 90071. 213.596.9642.

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