Hotel Exec. Dies After a D.C. Gym’s Defibrillator Fails

By Peter DePaolis

Hotel manager Ralph Polanec died recently while working out a Balance Gym. The gym failed to maintain a defibrillator it kept on site, and Polanec was unable to receive the assistance he needed. The defibrillator lacked an adequate power source.

There are several types of defibrillators that have been created over the years, which can be used for a number of purposes. It is an invaluable tool that uses electrical energy to aid the heart in maintaining proper rhythm and function. While not always required, a number of establishments can carry the devices, from hospitals to the workplace to local gyms. Taking time to ensure that this equipment is functioning properly can undoubtedly be a matter of life and death.

Washington, D.C. injury attorneys Paulette Chapman, Kelly Fisher and Justin Beall recently settled a lawsuit involving the failure of a large convention hotel to have an AED (Automated External Defibrillator).

About the Author
Peter DePaolis joined the firm in 1980 and has since represented a large number of individuals involved in automobile collisions, truck accidents, bus crashes, defective products, and medical malpractice cases. A significant portion of Mr. DePaolis’ practice is devoted to working on behalf of people suffering from asbestosis, mesothelioma, and other asbestos-related cancers. He has led his firm’s fight against the asbestos industry and has recovered over $30 million in damages for asbestos victims and their families.