Uneasy Feeling About Some AED "Legal" Advice

Frequently, businesses, organizations, and even individuals are interested in acquiring life-saving AED units. Prior to purchase, as any astute person would do, they ask for legal advice and recommendations. The challenge, as you can read here, is that many attorneys simply aren’t aware of technology and solutions (such as Arch) that can help organizations easily meet a given state’s Good Sam protections. They read the state statutes and they briefly learn about what an AED unit is and does, but they don’t seem to offer advice as to HOW to accomplish a client’s goals.

My frustrations can be summarized as follows:

  • Attorneys rarely tell their clients HOW to do something they want to do (in this case, purchasing a life-saving AED).
  • Attorneys offer a high-level perspective of all the considerations and legal arguments. To which we respond: “Great…so…should we get one?”
  • In my experience, we can inform a layperson of all the considerations until our voice runs dry and no progress will be made because we’re not answering their question.
  • Attorneys come up with the 99 reasons not to do something, but rarely offer the one solution that might exist. This is done to cover their own hide.

This question could be answered in a much simpler manner.

“Yes. If you do certain things, like manage your AED per the manufacturer’s guidelines and aren’t negligent, you’ll be offered immunity protection. If you need help understanding the requirements or desire additional help, like how to “manage” your unit appropriately, there are cost-effective services to help. See: www.onlineoversight.com”

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