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Horrifying news out of a Tampa area high school: 14-year old Hezekiah Walters suddenly collapses and dies on the football field. If an AED was not used, there may be a liability case against the school.

Brian Smart, 24, a high school athletic trainer who trained and mentored young athletes, tragically died on Sunday, May 5, when he suffered a cardiac arrest during the Philadelphia 10-Mile Broad Street Race. Smart worked as an athletic trainer at the Darby Street School District. Coworkers say he was in excellent shape, and the heart…

This long-form article, published in several legal journals, is authored by Craig M. Goldenfarb, Esq., personal injury attorney and expert litigator in use and non-use of automated external defibrillator (AED) in public places. It explains the history of AEDs, a look into future case law, and why people should not be afraid to use AEDs to save lives. Mr. Goldenfarb is the preeminent national thought-leader on litigation involving AEDs.

A very young boy at only 8 years-old has lost his life due to what the surviving parents suspect to be sudden cardiac arrest. If proven true, Caleb Ray would be one of the youngest victims of SCA due to the absence of an AED in years. Our lawyers discuss potential negligence.

A 14-year old boy, Kamarr Scott, died after collapsing on a track field at his school. He may have have been saved had an AED been used by staff.

A Jacksonville, Florida high school sophomore has died from what doctors are calling sudden cardiac arrest (SCA) while he was working out in the weight room of Fleming Island High School. Ben Johnson was a beloved football and basketball player, and a highly respected student, according to the outpouring of love on the school’s social…

When a young student athlete collapses and dies from an unknown medical condition, it is a shock to their family, friends, the athletic staff and fellow teammates, and the community at large. And sadly, it is becoming more familiar. About 1 in 90 student athletes in the U.S. will suffer from Sudden Cardiac Arrest during…

Gwinnett County teen Michael Jones passed away on the morning of Saturday, July 29th, 2017 on a soccer field in Duluth, GA. Jones was reportedly playing in a scrimmage game with his recreational soccer team when he suddenly collapsed due to cardiac arrest. At least one coach from the Atlanta Fire United Club, the club…

Nearly 300,000 Americans collapse each year when their hearts stop pumping in a normal rhythm. Without immediate medical attention, they are at risk of death from cardiac arrest. Automated external defibrillators (AED’s) are portable devices used to treat heart arrhythmia by shocking the heart back into a normal rhythm. An AED offers the best chance…

Significant advances in AED technology during the last 20 years have led to a new wave of small, portable defibrillators being developed. A Wall Street Journal article in 1996 stated, in part, that manufacturers of these automatic external defibrillators envision a day not far off when AEDs will be as common as fire extinguishers. With…

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