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Sudden Heart Attacks – Gyms and Exercise Fitness Places Should Have AED’s Available
You work out at a gym or exercise fitness place, and your heart starts to pump harder. No wonder Fitness and Exercise Facilities may sometimes have customers or gym members who faint on the premises, or people who have spells of weakness – or some who even experience a heart attack.
Not all of us are fit enough at the beginning of an exercise program to exercise at the level that today’s modern aerobic classes and core exercise programs demand. If a sudden heart attack happens and there is no Automated External Defibrillator on the gym or exercise facility premises to shock the heart back into its electrical rhythm, there may be AED litigation for wrongful death as a result.
When an AED has been made available in a public places, it is well documented that lives have been saved. When an AED is placed in a gym, it would be the best legislative practice to also require that there be a CPR and AED trained person on the premises to operate the Automated External Defibrillator life saving equipment.
AED equipment has gone down in price over many years to the point that even smaller gyms and exercise locations can afford to have an AED, and similarly, the cost of AED and CPR training has been lowered, with multiple vendors providing the training in most populated areas of the United States. The Automated External Defibrillator and CPR training typically takes a few hours, and is not complex. Usually the AED and CPR training takes place at the same location and during one combined session. A lifelike mannequin or dummy is usually used for the training session.
Depending upon the laws of the individual State, failure to have an AED present in a gym can be cause for a claim or lawsuit for negligence, but not all heart attacks are eligible for the use of an AED device, only those which are determined by the device to be caused by an abnormal electrical function of the heart. Therefore, it is normally incumbent upon the claimant or plaintiff in a lawsuit to provide medical proof that the use of an AED would have made a difference in survival, and that the type of sudden heart attack was the very kind of heart attack for which an AED would provide a shock to the heart. This degree of needed proof will probably require a cardiology expert, with specific AED data, and may require a post mortem exam or autopsy of the deceased as well.
I have over 30 years personal injury law experience. If you or a loved one suffered a heart attack in a gym or exercise facility that didn’t have an AED on the premises, call me right now: 888 446 1999
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