Every year more than 200,000 Americans die of sudden cardiac arrest, the unexpected stoppage of the normal circulation of the blood due to failure of the heart to contract. This prevents oxygen from getting to all parts of the body, including the brain. If cardiac arrest goes untreated for more than five minutes, brain injury is likely to occur.
The odds of survival increases and the risk of brain damage decreases if the patient can be immediately treated with an Automated External Defibrillator, or AED. An AED is a device that is about the size of a lunch box that analyzes a heart rate, determines if it is treatable, and then attempts to shock it back to a sustainable rhythm.
AEDs are so effective that in 1997, Florida law mandated that AEDs be installed in many public locations in order to save the lives of those suffering from sudden cardiac arrest. These AEDs are designed to be easily used by a bystander with little training. They provide visual and voice prompts that guide the user through the process of delivering a resuscitating shock.
However, even a trained user cannot save a life with an AED that is defective. In the past five years, numerous models of AEDs have been recalled because of design problems or other defects.
Here is a list of AED recalls from 2006-2010:
- Physio-Control Inc., LIFEPAK 20 and LIFEPAK 20e External Defibrillator/Monitors were recalled on May 27, 2010 because a failure on the power supply assembly can result in either “No DC power” or “No DC or AC power”. The failure of battery power can result in the inability to deliver defibrillation therapy.
- Defibtech LLC, DBP-2800 Battery Pack for ReviveR AED™ and Lifeline AED® Semi-automatic External Defibrillators were recalled on May 21, 2010. AEDs used with the affected battery packs may falsely detect errors and not provide shock therapy when needed.
- Physio-Control Inc., LIFEPAK 15 Monitor/Defibrillators were recalled on March 4, 2010 because of a potential for the device to unexpectedly power Off and then On by itself, or power Off and not turn On again, or power On and not allow itself to be turned Off. These defects can prevent the unit from delivering needed therapy.
- Cardiac Science Corporation’s Powerheart, Cardiovive, NK, and Responder Automated External Defibrillators were recalled on November 13, 2009 because defects in some electronic components may not be detected in the device’s self-tests. The defects can cause the device to malfunction during a rescue attempt and prevent resuscitation.
- Cardiac Science Corporation’s Powerheart, CardioVive, Nihon Kohden, and GE Responder Automated External Defibrillators were recalled on October 12, 2009 because they may not have received adequate electrical safety testing prior to being shipped from the factory.
- Physio-Control Inc., LIFEPAK CR Plus Automated External Defibrillators were recalled on July 31, 2009 because in an extremely humid environment, the LIFEPAK CR Plus AED may improperly analyze heart rhythm and this may cause the device to delay or fail to deliver therapy.
- ZOLL Medical Corporation, ZOLL AED Plus Defibrillator was recalled on February 12, 2009 because the AED failed to deliver the defibrillation energy.
- Welch Allyn AED 10 Automatic External Defibrillator and MRL JumpStart AEDwere issued three separate recalls on December 15, 2008 because the device may experience: low defibrillation energy delivery, unexpected device shutdown, and/or inadequate filtering of electromagnetic noise. Any of these issues could lead to a sudden stoppage of the device and may prevent defibrillation of a patient in cardiac arrest.
- Physio Control, Inc. LifePak CR Plus Automated External Defibrillators were recalled on August 28, 2008. This AED instructs the responder, using voice prompts, to press the shock button. But, because of improper design, the shock button is not visible and the responder is not able to provide therapy.
- Welch Allyn AED 10™ Automatic External Defibrillators were recalled on October 26, 2007 because of a defective part that caused a possibility of the devices experiencing failure or unacceptable delay in analyzing a patient’s ECG resulting in possible failure to deliver the appropriate therapy.
- MRL/Welch Allyn AED 20™ Automatic External Defibrillators were recalled on August 24, 2007 because the devices may display a “Defib Comm” error message on the device display during use which may result in a terminal failure of the device to analyze the patient’s ECG and deliver the appropriate therapy.
- LifeLine® Semi-Automatic External Defibrillators (AEDs) and ReviveR® Semi-Automatic External Defibrillators were recalled on February 17, 2007 because the self-test software for these devices may allow a self-test to clear a previously detected low battery condition. This may leave the operator unaware of a low battery, and the device may be unable to deliver a defibrillation shock, which could result in failure to resuscitate a patient.
- Welch Allyn PIC 50™ Automated External Defibrillators were recalled on June 30, 2006 because an electrical contact problem may result in the device’s failure to provide a defibrillation shock, which could result in delay or failure to resuscitate the patient.
- Welch Allyn AED 20™ Automated External Defibrillators were recalled on June 15, 2006 because an electrical connection within the recalled devices may fail intermittently, impairing the device’s ability to analyze the patient’s heart rhythm and deliver appropriate therapy. There may or may not be an error message on the device display reading “DEFIB COMM FAIL SELF TEST FAILED.”
If you have lost a loved one because a defective or malfunctioning AED, West Palm Beach heart attack injury attorney Craig Goldenfarb can help. Mr. Goldenfarb has led the efforts to save lives in Florida with AED lawsuits that bring justice to those who have lost family members to cardiac arrest because there was no functioning AED present.
Craig Goldenfarb was honest and compassionate with me.    "What made me feel good is when [Craig Goldenfarb] mentioned his mom went to law school, and I thought he must be very close with her. And I liked that about him. My thing with him was trust. He was so honest and compassionate with me. Watch Rita's Story
They worked so hard on my behalf.    "After my accident, I felt a lot of comfort knowing that I could get back to work and back to my life, knowing that someone was advocating on behalf of me. A colleague at work had recommended me to this firm, and I'm so happy I called. They worked so hard on my behalf. Watch Shelly's Story
Do yourself a favor and call Craig Goldenfarb.    "After my accident, I couldn't do anything any more. I can't cut my grass, take care of my pool, or play golf anymore. Dealing with the insurance companies is a terrible - you don't know what you are doing. Do yourself a favor and call Craig Goldenfarb's office. This guy is a straight shooter. I would absolutely recommended him to anybody that needs a lawyer. Watch Harold's Story
When I recommend somebody, I only recommend the best. And I recommend Craig Goldenfarb.    "It's really scary when you're in an accident, especially when it's not even your fault. So to find someone like Craig Goldenfarb to help me get my life back on track has been an immense blessing. When I recommend someone to somebody, I only recommend the best. And I would absolutely recommend Craig Goldenfarb to anybody. Watch Gwen's Story
I would describe the process as a relief and a weight off my shoulders.    "My boyfriend and I were t-boned by a driver who wasn't paying attention. All I remember is being tossed around in the passenger seat. It was terrifying. I began to seek medical treatment, and someone who had seen my type of injuries before recommended that I call Craig Goldenfarb. I didn't call right away; but a few weeks later, I began to receive things in the mail from the insurance company, and that's when I thought it was time to call. Now that my case is resolved, I would describe the whole experience as a relief, thanks to Craig Goldenfarb. Watch Muriel's Story
I needed to protect myself, and that's why I called Craig Goldenfarb's office.    "When I fell and broke my wrist, that seemed like the end of anything I was going to be able to do for the rest of my life. My daughter said, 'Mom, don't feel bad for yourself. You need a lawyer to protect you.' She was right. That's why I called Craig Goldenfarb's office. Watch Jean's Story
When I recommend somebody, I only recommend the best. And I recommend Craig Goldenfarb.    "It's really scary when you're in an accident, especially when it's not even your fault. So to find someone like Craig Goldenfarb to help me get my life back on track has been an immense blessing. When I recommend someone to somebody, I only recommend the best. And I would absolutely recommend Craig Goldenfarb to anybody.Gwen
An honorable law firm "I can not say enough about the high caliber of people that work at Mr Goldenfarb's law firm. They are so incredible and have the clients best interest at heart. I would not recommend any other firm to represent me or my family.Karl Dierksen
I Love this company! I was very happy with the Law Offices of Craig Goldenfarb. I would use them again if I need an attorney.Janine Conigliaro
Great team! I fell at one of the local grocery stores 2 yrs ago. I have never sued anyone before and was clueless what to do. I saw the ad for the Goldenfarb Law Offices and called them. I told them the story and they took it from there. I was able to have my injuries taken care of promptly. This is the office to call!Sue C
Great Service "Company was amazingly stream lined. Very well managed the process was seamlessMartin
I sing their praise from now on. "I fell in the mall about five years ago. I fell that I had a awesome team of attorney they were great thought out the hold time.patient kind some nice . I sing their praise from now on. The staff always pleasant great people. They really know their jobs.They have it together I will highly recommended their office. For any case.Deborah Jones