LA Fitness parent says there’s no duty in heart emergency

By Lauraann Wood (March 23, 2022, 5:57 PM EDT) — LA Fitness’ parent company on Wednesday urged the Illinois Supreme Court to dismiss claims that it was willful and gratuitous for not immediately using an external defibrillator automated on a guest gym during her heart emergency, arguing that she was not legally required to do so.

During live argument in the state high court, Fitness International LLC said judges are expected to restore a trial court ruling that permanently dismisses Leo Dawkins’ claims because his staff weren’t liable. under the Illinois Physical Fitness Facility’s Medical Emergency Preparedness Act to use the device when his wife, Dollett, collapsed with a severe brain injury,…

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