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Automated External Defibrillator (AED) Maintenance: Preventing Death or Brain Injury

For most entities that choose to do the safe, right thing, and place Automated External Defibrillators (AEDs) in locations where the public gathers in large numbers (e.g., airports, train or subway stations, malls, athletic venues, prisons, concert venues, etc.), maintaining AEDS to ensure among other things that:

  • AED batteries are charged,
  • Lifesaving AED equipment such as shock pads are actually with the AED, and
  • Potential AED users are properly trained on how to properly use the life-saving medical equipment.

These enttities recognize and understand that a properly working AED may be the only thing standing between life and death or severe disability and normal brain function for a person that collapses due to a heart abnormality.

St. Louis Attorneys Recover Millions For Client

Millikan Wright, LLC knows first hand, unfortunately, that not all entities that place AEDs on their premises take the simple, reasonable steps necessary to ensure that AED batteries are charged, that vital equipment to allow the AED to deliver a shock to a victim in need are in fact with the AED, or that AED users are properly trained on how to use the device. In 2011, Millikan Wright, LLC obtain a confidential mulit-million dollar settlement on behalf of a severely and permanently brain injured registered nurse against the correctional medical service provider that was contractually obligated to maintain the AEDs located at a local jail, when the registered nurse collapsed from an abnormal hearth rhythm on duty and it was discovered during the emergency response that the closest AED approximately 20 yards from the nurse’s collapse did not have shock pads with the unit, and was rendered inoperable. The delay in obtaining a working AED contributed to cause the registered nurse, and mother of 2 young daughters, to suffer permenent hypoxic brain injury.

Unfortunately, entities across the country continue to fail to have proper policies and procedures in place to ensure that lifesaving AEDs are always maintained and in good working order in order to deliver a shock when needed.

If you or a loved one are injured as a result of the negligence of an entity that has failed to provide or maintain AEDs in a place where the public routinely gathers, please call Brian Millikan or Chris Wright for a free consultation. At Millikan Wright, LLC, we recognize that the failure to have an AED on the premises, or an improperly maintained AED, will be of no use or value to a victim who needs a life-saving shock. That is simply not right!

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