Heart Attacks in Public Places: Litigation Involving the Use or Non-Use of AEDs

Introduction to AED Laws

AEDs are now commonly seen on the walls of airports, gyms, sporting venues, restaurants, places of worship, and all types of businesses.

AEDs cost as little as $1,000.00. These devices are very easy to use; recent medical studies show that children as young as ten years old can use them. Modern AEDs even have voice prompts that tell the user what to do. New models even administer the “shock” without the human intervention of having to push a button. Thus, the possibility of user error has almost been negated.

With the increasing popularity of these devices, the legal standard of care has developed significantly. Both common law and statutory regulation across the country are beginning to mandate that AEDs are present in many public places.

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