Peloton recently released a statement regarding the death of a child associated with what was called a “tragic accident.” According to the statement made by John Foley, the CEO of Peloton, the incident is part of just a “small handful” of incidents that have left children injured. The CEO did not disclose any details surrounding the incident; however, recent reports disclosed that the deceased child had tread marks on his back, which matched the treadmill’s slats. In another incident, a three-year-old sustained head injuries in an incident in which he became trapped under a Peloton treadmill (the injuries were not fatal).
The CEO of Peloton wrote a letter to customers urging to them to keep children as well as pets away from their exercise equipment to prevent further incidents. The company claims that their treadmills and other exercise equipment are safe to use, but customers must do their part to prevent incidents in their homes.
Treadmill Incidents are Common
Although treadmill-related deaths are relatively rare, treadmill incidents are anything but. In the U.S., there are approximately 46,000 treadmill-related injuries every year. In 2019, specifically, emergency departments in the country treated an estimated 2,000 injuries in children associated with treadmill incidents. Although every situation is different, some of the injuries that children could suffer because of treadmills include the following: burns (associated with the fast-moving belt), amputations, crushing injuries, etc.
Can You Sue?
Was your child injured by a Peloton treadmill? If so, you might have grounds to sue. Without a doubt, Peloton and other companies facing similar issues will claim that their products are completely safe and that accidents harming children are out of their control entirely. It is clear that Peloton is aware of the danger that their treadmills represent to children, however, and they have not taken any action besides urging their customers to be more careful with their children.
Yes, you could sue if your child was injured or killed in a treadmill accident. Your right to sue is based on the concept of product liability. That is, all product manufacturers owe their consumers a duty of care. They have the duty to ensure that all their products, including their treadmills, are completely safe for consumers. This means that they must test and inspect products thoroughly to be able to identify and address any dangerous conditions in their products. If product manufacturers breach their duty of care, they put innocent parties at risk and can contribute to incidents that lead to harm.
If you are interested in learning more about your right to pursue a Peloton injury claim for the harm that your child suffered, do not hesitate to seek legal assistance with the experts at our firm immediately. You can trust that our lawyers will provide you with the guidance that you need to pursue a claim against Peloton.
Can You Be Compensated?
Based on the details surrounding the claim, you could be eligible to recover at least some sort of monetary compensation. What could you recover? You could recover compensation for some of the following:
- Medical expenses
- Lost earnings
- Pain and suffering
- Funeral and burial costs
- Loss of consortium
- Punitive damages
- Legal expenses
If you are interested in learning more about the type and amount of compensation that you could be eligible to recover if your claim is successful, do not hesitate to seek legal assistance with the experts at our firm immediately. Our Peloton injury attorneys will help you pursue your claim and fight for your right to recover the highest amount of compensation available. Our injury attorneys will not rest until you are rightfully compensation for the harm that your child suffered.
Contact Downtown L.A. Law Group Today
If your child sustained injuries or lost his or her life in a Peloton treadmill incident, you might have grounds to file a lawsuit. To learn more about your right to file a lawsuit against Peloton or any other exercise equipment company, do not hesitate to seek legal assistance with the experts at our firm as soon as possible. Downtown L.A. Law Group is a personal injury law firm with many years of experience handling all sorts of injury claims. Our lawyers are dedicated to providing you with the guidance that you need to pursue your claim and recover the compensation that you are owed. If you are interested in discussing your claim with the experts at our firm, do not hesitate to contact us immediately.
At our firm, we are dedicated to remaining accessible to victims and their families. We offer free legal services, which include free consultations and free second opinions. During our free consultations and free second opinions, our injury attorneys will be available to answer all your questions and address all your concerns. Our lawyers will provide you with the guidance that you need to reach a positive claim outcome. If you are ready to benefit from our free legal services, contact our firm today.
We offer a Zero-Fee guarantee, meaning that our clients will not be required to pay upfront legal fees for our legal services. Additionally, our firm is based on contingency; therefore, our clients will not be required to pay anything until after reaching a positive claim outcome.
Are you ready to discuss your claim with our Peloton injury attorneys? If so, contact us today.
How to Sue Belkin for Defective Charging Banks
If you intend to file a product liability lawsuit against Belkin, you must show that the company was negligent in some way. Product liability lawsuits can be filed if you can prove at least one of the following points about the product:
- There was a design error present with the charging bank
- There was a manufacturing error that occurred when the charging bank was being made in the factory
- There were no hazard signs or symbols on the charging bank or on the packaging
The charging banks had a defect in the wiring, so it is likely that the materials were faulty or that there was a design that did not account for the small space or power usage.
You should make sure to go to the hospital to get medical treatment for your injuries. It is not recommended that you wait too long to visit a doctor. If you do not get treatment quickly, your injuries may worsen, or you may find that the insurance agent will doubt the validity of your claim. He can say that you were shocked by another item or in another incident, and he will say that the defective item was a convenient scapegoat. You should also make sure that you get copies of all medical documents, test results, doctor’s statements, hospital receipts, and more from the treatment center.
You can take photos of the damages from the electric shock, and you can also take pictures of the charging bank to show that the item caught fire, if applicable.
There may have been eyewitnesses who saw the incident happen or who can testify that the bank was defective. You can add their statements to your claim to bolster it. The more support you have from people who saw the incident, the stronger your case will be.
You may want to throw the charging bank away, try to repair it, or return it for a refund. You should do none of this. It is important that you keep the charging bank as it is and preserve it, as it is the most important piece of evidence you have. If you get rid of it, the insurance company can claim that there’s no way for the defect to be examined, since it is not present at all.
You may have a receipt showing that you bought the charging bank. You can make copies of this, or copies of a bank statement or email showing that you paid for the item.
You will benefit by hiring a product liability lawyer to handle your case for you. If you have never taken legal action, you may not know the first thing about moving forward with a defective product claim. An attorney can gather your proof, negotiate with the insurance agent, and keep you updated throughout the process while you recover and return to regular life.
Statute of Limitations to File a Product Liability Lawsuit
California has a statute of limitations of two years from the date of the injury if you wish to file a claim to receive compensation for damages. If you do not sue within this time period, you won’t be able to receive any restitution, and your claim will be thrown away. Often, individuals fail to understand the correct amount of time or do not know that there is a statute of limitations in the first place. It is important that you speak with a lawyer to determine how much time you have left on your case.
There is the possibility for your statute of limitations to be extended, but this will only happen in certain situations. If you were under 18 years old, you cannot sue without a legal guardian representing you, so you can wait until you turn legal age before the statute of limitations counts down. You also may have been left incapacitated and unable to sue, so the statute won’t start until you return to health. Further, the defendant must be in California – if he has left the state, the deadline will count down when he returns.
Earnings from a Product Liability Claim against Belkin
The value of a product liability lawsuit will largely be determined by the injuries you suffered and how extensive they were. If you were seriously hurt, you will potentially receive a larger settlement offer than if you only suffered minor injuries. The insurance agent wants to preserve profits and not pay out settlements, and we aim to bring you the maximum settlement available under the law. Our goal is to secure you compensation for the following:
- Medical bills and expenses from the past and future for surgery, hospitalization fees, medication, physical therapy, and more
- Lost wages if you were unable to work or could not return to work in the future
- Property damage to cover lost items and personal belongings
- Pain and suffering damages to account for emotional trauma, anxiety, PTSD, fear, and more
You should not be expected to foot the bill for all of these expenses if you were not responsible for the incident in the first place. A defective product claim can allow you to receive the compensation you need to pay for these damages.
Our Firm’s Promise
Our goal at the Downtown LA Law Group is to ensure that you are wholly covered for your losses if you were hurt because of a defective product. Our product liability lawyers are known as the best in town, and we have years of experience and numerous reviews to back us up. We will stop at nothing to bring you every penny you deserve, even if it means going to court to defend your rights.
For a free legal consultation, call our law offices today. All consultations are confidential and your private information or case details will not be shared elsewhere. We will also give you our zero fee guarantee on your case. We won’t get paid unless and until we win. If we lose, we get nothing at all. Either way, your finances will not be altered by pursuing legal help with us.
Don’t hesitate to contact the Downtown LA Law Group if you wish to sue Belkin for injuries from a defective charging bank.