AED Negligence Lawsuits
An automated external defibrillator (AED) is a lifesaving device that can be used to prevent fatality when a heart attack occurs. Due to the efforts of AED negligence lawyers nationwide, protective laws have been enacted in many states that require these devices to be on hand and in good working order in many public forums, including airplanes, airports, doctors’ offices, gyms, retail shops, sports arenas, and golf courses. The presence of an AED allows people without medical backgrounds to perform lifesaving measures in case of emergency, potentially helping the victim avoid severe or fatal oxygen deprivation.
Proper Use of AEDs
AEDs are estimated to prevent around 50,000 deaths annually. However, an AED may become useless when improperly maintained or applied by someone without proper training. Even if a public place keeps an AED on the premises, they must establish protocols to ensure it can be applied correctly.
The American Heart Association states that an AED is necessary to restore normal heart rhythm in the event of a heart attack. An AED works by using an electrical pulse to “jumpstart” the heart after a cardiac arrest disrupts the rhythm and prevents healthy circulation. This electrical charge must be applied within minutes to be effective and often means the difference between life and death in such critical situations.
Can you File an AED Heart Attack Lawsuit?
In circumstances where people suffer heart attacks in public places that, by law, are required to have AEDs ready, a number of things can go wrong. Perhaps the AED was not checked to ensure it is in working order, or the paid personnel were not trained on proper use. Heart attack victims or their family members may be able to pursue an AED negligence lawsuit against the business or property owner in the event that the AED was rendered inoperable, the staff did not use it properly, or it was not performed within an acceptable time frame.
As author of the comprehensive book entitled “The Crash Course on Heart Attack and Cardiac Arrest Claims,” Attorney Richard Hastings uses his experience with AED negligence lawsuits to help clients across the country seek compensation for severe or fatal heart attacks that could have been prevented. If you qualify, your family may recover significant damages for the harm that resulted.
If you or a loved one suffered a heart attack in a public place with no AED on site or an ineffective AED, we can help you file an AED negligence lawsuit. Contact Attorney Richard Hastings to find out if you may be entitled to compensation.