Heart Attacks in Sport Stadiums

Heart attacks can occur anywhere, but there are certain locations where they are more likely to happen. In places where heart attacks occur with more frequency, there may be a legal expectation that heart attack treatment equipment, such as Automated External Defibrillators, also known as AEDs, be available. Surprisingly, sports stadiums are one of the more common places for a person to suffer a heart attack. If a person or their family member has suffered a heart attack at a sports stadium, and there was no AED available to give provide emergency assistance, it is possible that they may have the grounds for a lawsuit. Consult with a heart attack lawyer to determine if there is grounds for case.

Risks of Sporting Events

Sports stadiums are an interesting location for AEDs because people get really fired up at sporting events. They get angry, sad, happy, and emotional, which raises their heart rate. Die-hard sports fans are definitely stressed out and putting a load on their heart, which may result in a heart attack. As such, heart attacks in sports stadiums are not an uncommon event.

AED Requirements

It is possible that AEDs may be required in sports stadiums, depending on their location. AEDs are required in different places in each of the states. To find out if your state requires AEDs in a sports stadium, do a Google search for AED requirement, sports stadiums, and the name of your state.

Laws for Out-of-State Fans

Most of the time in personal injury cases, the law of the state where the incident occurred applies, not the law of the home state of the person who suffered the injury. If someone is visiting from New York and has a heart attack at a Florida sports stadium, Florida law usually applies.

When AEDs Are Not Required

If a person’s state does not have a law requiring AEDs in stadiums, and they have a heart attack there and die, their family may still have a claim. It depends on the case law of the state where they reside. The case would be stronger if the stadium was supposed to have an AED, but did not. However, the standard of care may require that an AED be available. An expert can speak to that issue even if there was no law requiring an AED. On the other hand, the sports stadium’s lawyers will probably hire an expert to say that because the law did not require it, the stadium did not need to have an AED available.

The Role of Good Samaritan Laws

If a person has a heart attack in a sports stadium, the Good Samaritan Act applies in their state to protect someone who tried to save the person’s life. For example, if someone has a heart attack and a person tried to save them, but was unable to do so, that person cannot be sued. However, the venue can be sued, in other words the place where the person had the heart attack can be sued if they did something wrong or something negligent or failed to assist the person in distress.