Heart Attacks in Public Places

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Heart attacks in public placesWith 250,000 Americans dying from sudden heart attacks each year, this is an important topic. The State of Florida was the first to answer this question in 1997, when it enacted 'automatic external defibrillator' liability laws, addressing the need for a fast response to sudden heart attacks in public places.

How AED Laws are Saving Lives of Personal Injury Victims

The "automated external defibrillator" or "AED", a portable lifesaving device, allows trained non-medical personnel to treat a heart attack victim immediately, preventing as many as 50,000 deaths from occurring each year. This means, for example, that a trained employee of a retail store could potentially save the life of an individual who experiences sudden cardiac arrest while shopping in the store. It's easy to see the enormous potential of the AED in saving lives and also the risks of having no AED on site.

The requirement by law to keep an AED avaialble varies drastically from state to state. On the Federal level, AEDs are required to be present and maintained in all Federal buildings, which may include courthouses, post offices and airports, for example.

At the state level in Florida, some laws have been enacted to require AEDs to be present in certain public places. Schools, for example, must have an AED available if they are to participate in FSHAA sporting events, which includes most public schools and universities.

Under certain conditions, other places that might be required to have an AED on site might include:

  • Golf courses
  • Airports
  • Sports stadiums (including high school sporting events)
  • Gyms
  • Theme parks
  • Dentist's offices
  • Medical offices
  • Nursing homes

If you or a loved one suffered sudden cardiac arrest in a public place in South Florida with no AED on site, might an AED have prevented further injury or death? If so, you may be entitled to compensation for injury or death due to there being no AED on site.

Please contact West Palm Beach personal injurylawyer Craig Goldenfarb, recognized as a leading legal authority on the use of AEDs and heart attack defibrillators in Florida. Few personal injury attorneys are experienced in this area of the law. Mr. Goldenfarb offers a free initial consultation to discuss your case, determine if you are entitled to compensation, and give you the facts you need to make informed decisions about your future. Please contact Craig Goldenfarb, P.A. today.

Craig Goldenfarb is an expert on the topic of personal injury and AED law. Craig has lectured all over the country on the subject, sits as the chairman of the AED Litigation section of the American Justice Association, and has been quoted in media on the growing topic of interest.


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  • Did a Loved One Suffer Heart Attack in Public? Was an AED Nearby?
    Description: If you or a loved one suffered a heart attack in a public place in Florida, you may be entitled to substantial damages thanks to a 1997 law regarding AEDs.
  • Malfunctioning Defibrillators: What is the Safe Medical Device Act?
    Description: Malfunctioning AEDs can cost lives rather than saving them. A West Palm Beach heart attack injury attorney describes how malfunctioning AED's are regulated.
  • It Is Not Enough To Install AEDs: To Save Lives In Florida, AEDs Must Be Properly Maintained.
    Description: Since 1997, Florida law has required that automated external defibrillators (AEDs) be installed in certain public locations such as senior centers, medical offices, and schools in order to save the lives of those suffering from sudden cardiac arrest. However, even when AEDs are installed, a lack of proper maintenance may prevent them from being used to save lives. If you have lost a loved one because of a malfunctioning AED, you may have a Florida AED lawsuit. To discuss your claim with a Florida heart attack injury lawyer, contact The Law Offices of Craig Goldenfarb, P.A. at 1-(561) 600-5605.

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