Can you be held liable if you use an AED?

AED’s are wonderful, lifesaving, machines that can start a heart beating again and bring a person back to life. They can also be intimidating for someone to use in an emergency. The last thing a person must be worried about is if there are any liability issues if they were to use the machine on a person who is in cardiac arrest. 

If you were to use an AED on someone, you will be protected through the Good Samaritan Law.  The Good Samaritan Law has been adopted by every state in America.  Good Samaritan Laws offer legal protection to people who give reasonable assistance to those who are, or who they believe to be, injured, ill, in peril, or otherwise incapacitated. The protection is intended to reduce bystanders' hesitation to assist, for fear of being sued or prosecuted for unintentional injury or wrongful death. Its purpose is to keep people from being reluctant to help a stranger in need for fear of legal repercussions should they make some mistake in treatment. So please use the AED with confidence and know you are being protected by the Good Samaritan Law. 

There are, however, incidences where a company may be open to liability if they are required by law to have, and properly maintain an AED on their premises, and do not have one. Every state has their own requirements.  You can check to see if your business is required to have an AED by clicking the link below and going to your specific state.    

Click here to check your State Requirements. 

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