• Florida Supreme Court Denies School District Immunity Under the Cardiac Arrest Survival Act for Failure to Use or Attempt to Use an Available Automatic Defibrillato
  • October 26, 2015 | Author: J. David Marsey
  • Law Firm: Rumberger, Kirk & Caldwell Professional Association - Tallahassee Office
  • The Florida Supreme Court recently held that the Lee County School Board was not immune from civil liability under the Cardiac Arrest Survival Act1 when it failed to deploy an available automated external defibrillator (“AED”) to assist a fifteen year old student athlete that collapsed during a sanctioned interscholastic athletic event.2 In denying the district’s immunity, the court reinforced the notion that merely having an AED is insufficient and, had the district actually used the device, it would have been immune from suit arising from an adverse outcome.