According to the lawsuit, police responded to a complaint of disorderly conduct at the apartment of David Lee Nall.
The suit alleges that a Painesville police officer fired a taser in Nall's chest without warning. The lawsuit says Nall went into cardiac arrest, was eventually revived, but suffered permanent brain damage.
The City of Painesville declined comment. Assistant City Manager Doug Lewis said the city had not seen the lawsuit, and even if it had, its policy is to not comment on pending litigation.
The city's police chief did not respond to an email question from the Investigator Tom Meyer about whether any of the five officers named in the lawsuit were disciplined.
The lawsuit alleges that disciplinary action was not taken.
Tasers are used by police as an alternative to deadly force. The taser uses electrical current to subdue a fleeing suspect or a suspect that may be dangerous or out of control.