Gym Facility Failed to Apply AED During Cardiac Arrest
A middle-aged husband and father of adult children was playing racquetball with friends at a gym when he became short of breath, collapsed, and became unresponsive. He was having cardiac arrest. One of the friends raced to the front desk and 911 was called. But even though there was an automated external defibrillator (AED) at the front desk, the gym personnel on duty did not know to, or how to, use the AED and so it was never activated; EMS arrived with and used their own AED, but this was about 11 minutes after the collapse. Due to the long time interval between the cardiac arrest and the time that EMS was able to successfully use their AED to resuscitate the man, he suffered a severe lack of oxygenated blood flow to his brain. He was transported to a nearby hospital, but died from the brain injuries over a month later. Clore Law Group, LLC prosecuted the case against the facility owner and the company that it had hired to train the gym employees on CPR and its AED. Mark Clore and Vernon Glenn prosecuted the case and a substantial settlement was ultimately reached at mediation. Additionally, as part of the settlement the facility owner was required to have its employees retrained on the proper use of the AED.
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